Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Kremlin statement says Vladimir Putin 'proud' of Russia's World Cup 'heroes'

Kremlin statement says Vladimir Putin 'proud' of Russia's World Cup 'heroes'

"But they [Croatia] have been behind in both knockout games and then they had the setback of missing a penalty in extra-time against Denmark and still found a way on penalties". Akinfeev looked to have saved Luka Modric's penalty but it came back off the inside of the post and span back into the net in cruel manner. "We played well, it was a tough game.", Dalic told HRT.

Ivan Rakitic converted the decisive spot-kick after Mario Fernandes, who had netted an equaliser for Russian Federation with five minutes of extra-time remaining, hit his effort from 12 yards wide.

Croatia players celebrate after winning the penalty shootout. "It's a pity we are out of this tournament but I am very proud of my team", said Muscovite Alexander Khramoichenkov.

Croatia has never gotten that far, but it is back in the semis for the second time, and the first since 1998. Croatia's shooters did enough that Ivan Rakitic's successful penalty was the victor and set off another wild celebration with Subasic on the bottom of the pile.

Subasic wasn't up to kicking the ball though and threw it instead when making clearances.

Well, by the time the World Cup kicked off, we had become used to the fact that two of the smallest countries on the planet, Iceland and Panama, were among the 32 teams regarded as the "cream of world football".

That Croatia side hammered Germany 3-0 to reach the semis in France, and Dalic is looking for a similar result on Saturday.

This was the first time since 1994 that a team tied a match after going behind in extra-time. After that match, Subasic revealed he had been playing in tribute to a dead friend.

Russia's Denis Cheryshev scores his side's opening goal during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018.

From Brazil's squad in Russian Federation, 10 players will be 30 or younger by the tournament in Qatar in four years, including Neymar and Philippe Coutinho, who to many was the team's best player at this World Cup. I want to thank all the players for their fight and hard work.

"We hope that this miracle, this luck won't leave our team".

Cherchesov said Putin had called him before the match and after.

"[Putin] watched, he was rooting for the team". We have to be proud this is an wonderful thing.

"Night for immortality! -We trust!"

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