Croatian player addresses Ukrainians after knocking Russian Federation out of World Cup

Bessie Dean
July 9, 2018

England trio Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire are looking to guide their side to only their second World Cup final. Croatia had come back from 1-0 down against Denmark in the round of 16, before advancing on penalties.

"I'm very pleased at how the team played the whole World Cup, how it showed it character and worked to the maximum", said Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

Since, Croatia have worn their changed strip of black and blue in their four subsequent matches including their back-to-back shoot-out wins over Denmark and hosts Russian Federation.

"Thank you for the honest, genuine emotions you gave us thoughout the World Cup", they wrote. However, it was only on the last strike - from Ivan Rakitic - that sealed the qualification for the Croatian team. "I did not want to offend anyone", said the Croatian hero from Sochi. The 2018 World Cup semifinal was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida has narrowly avoided a ban from his country's World Cup semi-final against England after posting a nine-second video with strong political connotations on social media. "We have succeeded I believe, but it is time to take a step forward".

Croatia players celebrate winning the penalty shootout.

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They were excellent against two poor sides in their first two games before their true level was seemingly exposed by a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay. We have proven that Russian Federation is a football powerhouse.

"Play my Croatia, when I see you my heart is on fire!", a popular song, was heard in squares and streets throughout the country. "We made ourselves happy but we also made everybody back home in Croatia happy".

"He watched, he was rooting for the team". The fact that many stars in the contest play in the Premier League, and are very familiar with each other, will add spice to a match that does not need to be hyped.

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

"As soon as I found out there was going to be a reception with the Sbornaya, I dropped everything and drove with my husband to Moscow", said Anastasiya, a fan from Tver who travelled for over three hours to reach the capital.

"Russia has shown the world what kind of championship we can have - the best in the world", said another fan.

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