Croatian President wins hearts with celebration during win over Russian Federation

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Croatia fans in Zagreb, meanwhile, erupted with joy as their side went through to the semi finals of the World Cup in what was the second straight match for both teams to be decided on a penalty shootout. - Croatia have now had eight different scorers at the 2018 World Cup - only Belgium (nine) have had more.

Croatia had also needed spot-kicks to get past a dogged Denmark in the last 16, but Modric insisted they would not be exhausted for the last-four clash against England at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev says "We played for you".

Dalic's side now face England, who comfortably beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day, in their semifinal on Wednesday in Moscow.

Vukojevic, who now works as a scout at Dynamo but is with his national team for their World Cup campaign, added: "This victory is for Dinamo and Ukraine". - There were three headed goals in this match - the most in a World Cup match since Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia in 2002 (five).

England will take on Croatia, which became the first team since 1990 (Argentina) to win back-to-back penalty shootouts.

In the aftermath of the video Vida attempted to downplay the political nature of the clip telling sports.ru: "This victory is for Croatia".

Hierro was promoted from sporting director to the top job two days before Spain opened the tournament against Portugal.

An opening loss to hosts Brazil proved costly in the group stage four years ago, before a heartbreaking defeat deep into extra time against eventual champions Portugal in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Federation Internationale de Football Association is investigating Domagoj Vida's conduct after the Croatia worldwide allegedly made anti-Russia comments following his side's quarter-final win against the World Cup hosts.

Federation Internationale de Football Association warned Vida over his conduct after he and former Croatia global Ognjen Vukojevic appeared in a video after the quarter-final shootout victory over hosts Russia.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Vida and Vukojevic intended the video to be made public, or if it was later uploaded to YouTube by someone else.

"Please understand, until we have evaluated all information available, we can not comment further".

Russian Federation was the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament and its advance into the quarterfinals surprised many. "There'll be a next time".

At every World Cup since 1966, the English fans have been in a cycle of hope and despair, as the Three Lions tried to replicate their only world title.

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