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Croatian president flies economy class to Russian Federation to cheer World Cup team

10 July, 2018, 09:02 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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It was on display after he saved three penalties against Denmark, and an emotional Subasic paid tribute to Custic again after Croatia prevailed on penalties for the second straight World Cup game, booking their place in the semi-finals against England. The team went down to Croatia in an agonizing 4-3 penalty shootout defeat after the scores had finished level at 2-2 following extra-time.

Volunteers stand on the sidelines during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final match between Sweden and England at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 7, 2018.

'We took the hard route, we were unlucky in previous major tournaments, particularly at Euros, but now we are collecting those debts at the World Cup this year. We were unlucky in past tournaments. "He said that we should keep our eyes open and take the next steps". Great staff and coach. "We made ourselves happy, but also everyone back in Croatia happy - I don't cry often, but now I had good cause", the coach told reporters. "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.

"Individual awards aren't important for me". The manner of that performance instantly won over the home crowd and gave them a reason to cheer their team. Croatia are also just the second team to advance through two back-to-back World Cup knockout games after trailing.

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Croatia struggled to contain Russian Federation in the first half as Denis Cheryshev scored a stunning opener before Andrej Kramaric responded eight minutes later. The team earned praise for their surprising show as they overcame former champions Spain in a round of 16 clash to enter quarterfinals before bowing out.

Russia, however, equalised in the 115th minute thanks to Mario Fernandes, sparking wild celebrations and leaving Croatia deflated until Modric and his team-mates came out on top in the shoot-out. We have two matches to play. They surprised us. They pressed us very high. We will try to play our best. Maybe we didn't want to risk some passes. "Other countries, like the United States and the UK don't really care", he says.

This tactic was turned on its head against Croatia, with Russian Federation going all out and scoring first but conceding two more before an equaliser deep in the second half of extra time reignited their hopes of a last four spot, the first since the Soviet Union's 1966 run. We should've finished the job before penalties.

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