Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties to set up England semi-final

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With the semifinals and the final yet to be played, the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup have already produced 35 goals, three more than the entire knockout phase four years ago in Brazil.

"We are a very close group and that goes a long way in tournament football, when you have to dig in for each other".

The ongoing Fifa World Cup has delivered classic after classic.

While Russia also started well in Saturday's energy-sapping quarter-final duel against Croatia, they ran out of steam and ended bowing out against the Luka Modric-led side.

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", said Cherchesov. He was replaced by Vedran Corluka, the team's fourth substitution, meaning Croatia can't sub Subasic if the match goes to penalties.

"I regret that some media representatives have interpreted our communication in such a manner", he said. Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes thanked the fans in Russian, saying, "Thank you, Russia". "We have succeeded I believe, but it is time to take a step forward".

"The whole of our nation is euphoric, they are upbeat, there are parties going on when Croatia play, they are out in the squares, out in the cafes.it's great that our president is going to be there tomorrow", Dalic said.

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"Yesterday and today I would have experienced the same feelings towards me, if I were in your place", said Fedor Smolov, sharing the blame for the quarter-final defeat in which he missed a penalty against Croatia. "But now we are collecting those debts in this World Cup".

Subasic didn't need to win the shootout the same way he did against Denmark, when his three saves were the reason the Croatian team advanced. We have proven that Russian Federation is a football powerhouse.

The headlines in Russian Federation read, "Moscow did not sleep after the match", "Thanks, guys", "Simply great", and "Fighting until the end".

"[Putin] watched, he was rooting for the team".

Adding a little more to the stats trivia package, the Croatian win yesterday was the highest MM result for any event on Fox or Fox Sports since the 5.1 that the Daytona 500 raced to on February 18.

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who attended the game, called it "the best match in the history of the national team". Even if they don't they may still do so.

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