FIFA Probes Croatia Over Pro-Ukraine Celebration Of Russia Win

Russia extra motivated thanks to Putin says coach Cherchesov

The victor will book their place in the World Cup final against either Belgium or France.

"They dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a hard opponent and we respect them", he said.

Federation Internationale de Football Association can fine or suspend players for political gestures at the World Cup. "I know that unfortunately today one of us will have to say goodbye while the other will go ahead", she said.

"Russia hasn't shown anything like this before".

In contrast for Russian Federation, who had taken the lead through another Denis Cheryshev wonder goal in the first half, there is only heartbreak as they finally go out.

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The ponytailed 29-year-old shouted "Glory to Ukraine!" in a video posted by former Croatia worldwide Ognjen Vukojevic shortly after the match.

"There's an endless stream of messages on WhatsApp and Instagram and no way to tell everyone, "Thank you for the kind words", he wrote on his official Instagram page.

"I could never have imagined that I would finish my football career on such a high note!"

Modric added: "Honestly, individual awards are not important for me".

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was jailed multiple times for staging anti-corruption protests and who was barred from running in the March presidential election, also hailed the team on Twitter. They were the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, only there because they were the host country, and they won two of their three groups games, and then shocked everyone when they knocked Spain out of the competition to move on to the quarter finals.

The decisive penalty once again fell to Rakitic, though, and he confidently rolled the ball into the bottom-left corner to keep Croatia's dreams of a first World Cup final alive.

"At that moment, I felt like I didn't understand anything about football", the midfielder said in an interview with El Pais.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic cheers on Croatia in their match against Denmark on Monday.

Croatia will now head to Moscow where they take on England in the second semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2018, to be played on Wednesday, July 11.

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