Croatia end World Cup run of hosts Russian Federation on penalties in quarters

Dubrovnik airport

Russia's players and coach addressed a crowd of their newfound fans Sunday in Moscow, a day after getting eliminated by Croatia in a shootout.

Even their own fans did not expect them to achieve anything. "To score four goals is good, but if the team doesn't go forward, it's meaningless".

"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training.

England, meanwhile, are looking to make the final for the second time, and first since winning the title in 1966.

"I would give Luka three votes if I could", said Suker, who played for Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal, West Ham and 1860 Munich during his career, and is now his country's football supremo, after Modric helped Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties in the quarter-finals.

Win and they will be one step closer to achieving the feats of their 1966 team - the only one from England that has tasted glory at world football's showpiece tournament. The big guys were sent home and the working teams stayed.

Just 3,400 English fans were in attendance for the win over Sweden but flights to Moscow have been jammed pack over the past 48 hours and it's reported there could be over 10,000 inside the Luzhniki Stadium and more in fan parks.

Going past Croatia and beyond, though, would be the greatest reward.

Players too thanked the fans for their support.

"They were sending them to their mums, dads and grandparents who wouldn't believe them when they said how similar I looked!"

"In the second half and in extra time we dominated, we should have finished the job before penalties", he said, "but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama". "We like to play against teams like this because we have really fast players and it will be a really open game, not like today or the game against Denmark".

Cherchesov had gone into the tournament as a much-maligned coach, with the team on a run of seven games without a win and as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament.

And if that was not enough to make netizens fall in love with her, on her trip to Russian Federation, the President boarded the economy class with fans as they headed to Sochi to cheer on their national team. Yet, they have the players who have been there and done that and know when to turn up.

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