24,000 fans thank Russian players for fantastic World Cup display

Florence Fletcher
July 10, 2018

"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game".

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Croatia and England have met in five competitive games in the past with Croatia winning two and England three.

Belgium will take on fellow European side France on Tuesday the 7th of July for a place in the final of the World Cup.

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After a lively opening, the game dropped off, with sessions of head tennis in midfield, but it was Russia's more rustic approach which paid off first as they went ahead out of the blue. Book-ending the half time intermission with the only two goals of the match, France was in control throughout and punched their ticket to meet Belgium in the Semifinals.

Previous meetings If history is anything to go by then there should be goals in this.

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The last time the sides met, in a friendly in June 2015, ended 4-3 to Belgium with Marouane Fellaini scoring twice.

Before home fans, Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their round of 16 match played a week ago at Luzhniki Stadium, goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev becoming the hero of local fans by saving two penalties to take his team to the quarter-finals. - Denis Cheryshev scored four goals for Russian Federation at the 2018 World Cup - only England striker Harry Kane has scored more (six).

Actually, breaking the 2018 record established by Croatia's July 1 victory in penalties over Denmark, the Russian loss to the Luka Modric lead team scored a whooping 5.0/13 in metered market ratings.

England continued their prolific use of set-plays to break the deadlock in their 2-0 win over Sweden when Harry Maguire headed home from a corner.

Croatia did get some revenge for that by ensuring England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 in November 2007 with a 3-2 win at Wembley Stadium.

Saturday's loss to Croatia on penalties left many fans proud of their team.

That was the stance Federation Internationale de Football Association set out before the tournament and the one they are holding firm over. Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have a great understanding in attack and both Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante have had very good World Cups.

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