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Croatia became only the second team to win successive penalty shootouts at the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Argentina in 1990, when they overcame Russian Federation 4-3 on Saturday to follow up their win over Denmark in the previous round.

Fans gather during a meeting with Russia's national soccer team at the FIFA Fan Fest in Moscow, a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia July 8, 2018.

She said that after Croatia joined the EU in 2013, 'I wish we start living the lives of people in the European Union'.

He said: "We have a great deal of respect for them".

Croatia advanced to their first World Cup semi-final since 1998, against England in Moscow on Wednesday.

Croatia will play England in the semi-finals while France will play Belgium in the other semifinal.

They lost to Croatia 4-3 on penalties after extra-time ended with the sides deadlocked at 2-2 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday.

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Stones - who has started all five of England's games at Russian Federation 2018, scoring twice - is well aware that the opportunity to contest a World Cup final may never come around again and is relishing the chance to make it happen. You can't reach the last eight of the World Cup if you don't have quality. Vida stepped up once again for his country by converting a spot-kick in Croatia's second shootout win of the competition as the defender claimed that he had actually volunteered to take a penalty.

"I had them and the guys did".

The majority of Russian fans believe that their team can emerge victorious from the confrontation with the Croats.

"From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading", he said.

Fedor Smolov missed the first with a weak Panenka effort that was easily stopped by Danijel Subasic, while opposite number Igor Akinfeev stopped one - a fabulous low save from Mateo Kovacic. "I felt really relieved", Dalic said.

Croatia and England are joined in the last four by France and Belgium after a World Cup at which several heavyweights, namely Germany, Brazil and Spain, were eliminated earlier than expected.