Thousands of cheering and flag-waving Russian fans thanked their disappointed players on Sunday (Jul 8) after the host nation's fairytale World Cup run came to a crushing end with a shootout loss to Croatia.
"It's a great honor for us to [be here], we are playing for our country with passion".
"Not only is he playing well throughout the match, but he is showing great confidence about him which he proved with two decisive penalties in the round of 16 and the quarter-finals".
Although white is traditionally England's first choice kit, they've worn their red away shirt in three of the five games they've played so far in Russian Federation.
That is the only real question, but Belgium can reach their first World Cup final.
Argentina in 1990 had been the last team to win consecutive World Cup shootouts. Someone asked me if we are too small a country to be world champions.
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How they got there Croatia after winning Group D with a 100 per cent record have had to grit their way through the knockout stages with penalty shoot-out wins over Denmark and hosts Russian Federation.
Adding a little more to the stats trivia package, the Croatian win yesterday was the highest MM result for any event on Fox or Fox Sports since the 5.1 that the Daytona 500 raced to on February 18. The European side hadn't managed to taste success in seven matches in the lead-up to the quadrennial tournament and lost a few key players, including influential striker Alexandr Kokorin, to injury.
After a lively opening, the game dropped off, with sessions of head tennis in midfield, but it was Russia's more rustic approach which paid off first as they went ahead out of the blue.
Domagoj Vida then headed Zlatko Dalic's side in front in extra-time, only for Mario Fernandes to make it 2-2 in the 115th minute.
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Police officers and fans watch the broadcast of the World Cup quarter-final match between Russia and Croatia in central Saint Petersburg, Russia July 7, 2018.
They finished third in France by beating the Netherlands in the third place play-off and since then they have always come up short, but always played an attractive style of football. "You can see they have worked on them, and that's why they are scoring so much".