Croatia Are Through To The Semi-Finals After A Penalty Shootout

The fan zone in Moscow, usually used for public screenings of games, was packed as Russia's squad and coach took to the stage to thank the fans. Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 and Croatia defeated Denmark 3-2 in the round of 16.

"I'm happy I was part of this team, with this coach, and of our country's football for almost 20 years". Other than Perišić (29) though, the trio are all the wrong side of 30 and may not see another World Cup. "But we showed our worth".

Domagoj Vida was a star of Croatia's win on penalties over Russian Federation on Saturday, scoring a header in extra time and converting a penalty in the shootout.

Vukojevic was appointed a year ago as a scout for Dynamo after a lengthy playing career which included being part of the Croatian squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Yes, Croatia may have one of the best individual players in the tournament with what Luka Modric has done in matching the deepest run ever by the country.

"I remember in Moehlin in Switzerland, my home town, we were all insane, we rooted, we wanted to show our Swiss neighbours how powerful a football nation we are", Rakitic, who had dual citizenship but opted to play for Croatia, recalled.

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev says "We played for you". "We told him we were disappointed". "We don't want to stop".

Fernando Hierro's side crashed out of the tournament on penalties to hosts Russian Federation on Sunday, bringing an end to Iniesta's glittering global career. "We looked decent. And penalties - it's a question of luck. and fate".

Denis Cheryshev scored four goals in five games for Russian Federation.

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", said Cherchesov. But it didn't happen. "If it wasn't for the World Cup, I think I would have ended [my career] earlier", Ignashevich said in a video on social media.

Since the opening match nearly a month ago, Moscow went almost without sleep as fans danced through the night on the streets near the Kremlin, locations where police would normally break up unauthorised gatherings by force. "To score four goals is good, but if the team doesn't go forward, it's meaningless". Instead, the French scored three goals to blow what had been a close game wide open. "Today we didn't manage to win and I'm disappointed".

  • Julie Sanders