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

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

Russian Federation reached the quarter-finals for the first time since not playing as part of the Soviet Union, and the team exceeded expectations in knocking out Spain in the last round before running a much-fancied Croatia team incredibly close in Sochi.

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. Pat Frost, England's kitman, revealed the semi-final shirts had been printed on Sunday evening, confirming a return to white via a tweet.

But the showing was received poorly by supporters, who vented their frustration over his performance on social media and demanded a recall for Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford. He assembled a team that defied all forecasts and made the home nation proud. "We have everything needed to do that, a great team, great staff and I hope we will make the extra step", he said.

"They're very risky on set-pieces".

While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded.

Russia's Alexander Samedov (r) in action against Croatia in their quarterfinal clash on Saturday.

"I am playing at the World Cup". OK, his finishing could have been better against Sweden but all would be forgiven if he can get among the goals against Croatia and he's a 15/2 chance to score first.

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But moments later, there was applause.

Moscow's Nikolskaya Street was full of people chanting, dancing, and hugging into the morning. Majority sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn.

"Thanks to the team for all the emotion and sleepless nights!"

"He watched, he was rooting for the team. They are still great guys for us, they are heroes", said Peskov.

President Grabar-Kitarovic, Croatia's first female President, was captured on camera celebrating and cheering in front of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as her team took on the hosts at the quarter finals.

"This was not a handsome game, but it was a fight", Dalic commented.

Federation Internationale de Football Association are urging England supporters still considering a last-minute trip to Russia 2018 to check the official website for returned tickets from fans of other countries.

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