Croatia ends Russia's run, advances to semifinals

11 July, 2018, 07:33 | Author: Jason Torres
  • General view inside the Samara Arena before the Sweden vs England quarter-final. This stadium hosted six matches of the World Cup. Reuters

Now it's time to get back to reality.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov led his team onto a stage to a heroes' welcome in a Moscow fan zone on a sunny day that was meant to put a patriotic exclamation point on Russia's ability to beat the odds.

The President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was ecstatic after the country's FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinal win over Russian Federation here on Saturday.

Sbornaya qualified for the round of 16 as runners-up in Group A behind Uruguay, and they stunned the world by eliminating former world champions Spain on penalties. They drank while they partied, singing songs and taking pictures with visiting fans from other countries.

A huge crowd of people at the FIFA Fan Fest on Vorobyovy Gory greeted the team with thunderous applause and loud chants "Rossiya" and "Spasibo" to mark the Sbornaya's remarkable accomplishments at the home World Cup.

And then there were four; the World Cup now has its four semi-finalists after a typically thrilling set of quarter-finals: here are four things we learned as eight contenders for the title were reduced to four. It's the case when demobilization leaves you disappointed.

"It would have been better if we could have stayed [in the World Cup] to July 15".

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The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who attended the game, called it "the best match in the history of the national team".

Henry did everything he could to help Belgium bring down France, but ultimately the team with more goals than any in the tournament was unable to score in the semifinals. But that's rarely translated into success on the field and opportunities have been missed. They deserve to have reached the quarter-finals.

Players like Andrei Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko struggled to apply their obvious talent in Europe's biggest leagues. The Villarreal winger warned against complacency.

"We have enough time to rest and prepare well", he said.

"Russia played a very good game, particularly in the first half, they surprised us, they pressed us very high, we could not build up our play", Modric said. Outside of sport, dalmatian dogs are thought to have originated from the Croatian region of Dalmatia.

Although Russia made it further at this year's World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw. "But thank God we've shown our character". "We gave everything we could".

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident his side can handle the atmosphere as they take on hosts Russian Federation for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

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