Croatian President wins hearts with celebration during win over Russian Federation

Croatian President wins hearts with celebration during win over Russian Federation

This could cost him a spot in the World Cup semi-final.

July 6 - Brazil 1, Belgium 2 in Kazan: A return trip to the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years was Belgium's just reward after a fabulous display against Brazil. Subasic battled on, blocking a shot from a tight angle late in second-half stoppage time.

But as in the previous match against Denmark - which Croatia also won on penalties after an insipid 1-1 draw - all too often his team mates failed to do anything with them.

"I wanted to showcase that I am a football fan, like everyone else; I wanted to support the team among other fans in the stands. It's our second time in the semi-finals, after 1998, and it makes us extremely proud and happy".

The striker Fyodor Smolov struck an apologetic tone after failing to score during the tournament and missing in Saturday's shootout, saying "what you'd like to say yesterday and today about me, in your place I'd feel the same". "I'm disappointed, because we were one step away from the semifinal". Russian Federation has never won the World Cup. - Only one of the last six World Cup matches to go to extra-time has not gone to penalties - the 2014 final between Germany and Argentina.

As Croatia's winning penalty was scored, there was a stunned silence.

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The last time Russian Federation did so well at a major tournament was when it reached the semifinals of the 2008 European Championship.

But moments later, there was applause. Later on Saturday night, anti-Croatian chants were heard in the centre of Moscow. A lot of them sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn.

In a separate ruling, FIFA fined the Serbian football federation 54,000 Swiss francs ($54,700) for incidents involving its fans at the same game.

"[Putin] watched, he was rooting for the team. They are still great guys for us, they are heroes", said Peskov. "Hopefully our right-back Sime Vrsaljko is not so injured like he thinks, so hopefully we can manage".

"This was a good game, and a handsome one".

What aided Croatia further was that the Russian goalie became a bit unsighted when Vida headed the ball. "We here in Russian Federation do not feel the joy of our fans in the cities of Croatia, but surely the emotions are very special", Kramaric said.