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Croatia President wins hearts with her celebratory gesture

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia
| 11 July, 2018, 07:37

Croatia's wait to return to a World Cup semi-final has been shorter than England's 28-year absence.

Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.

The powerful Ante Rebic has impressed as well, fresh from scoring twice for Eintracht Frankfurt in their German Cup final win over Bayern Munich.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Dalic said: "We can not choose our opponents, hosts or otherwise".

The two sides couldn't be split after 120 minutes as the match ended in a 2-2 draw and it was Croatia who held its nerve best.

Croatia earned their shot at England after beating hosts Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after the match was tied 2-2 after extra-time as Denis Cheryshev and Mario Fernandes traded goals with Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida.

More than 24,000 fans attended a meeting with the national football team in Moscow to thank the players for their historic World Cup performance, which saw them progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Saturday's thriller between hosts Russian Federation and 1998 bronze medalists Croatia was one of them.

"As a player, as a professional, I know I have a job on and off the pitch - to inspire people, to inspire hopefully kids, watching this tournament", he said.


"I'm not thinking about it, only about my national team succeeding", he said.

Croatia's Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren celebrate after the match against Russian Federation.

"1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 "Fiery Ones" can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018", the former Real Madrid player said. "We did not want to risk some passes that would tip the balance in our favour".

"We are waiting for things to clear up politically in Britain", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, suggesting Moscow was not too sad to see the minister go.

The last time Russian Federation did so well at a major tournament was when it reached the semifinals of the 2008 European Championship. "To score four goals is good, but if the team doesn't go forward, it's meaningless".

World Cup 2022 held in Qatar, the coach of Russia Stanislav Cherchesov has promised football fans a great result at the championship.

Harry Kane, meanwhile, believes England's World Cup heroes can inspire a generation - just like he was as a young fan.

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