Putin to Attend 2018 World Cup Final

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saves the decisive penalty during a penalty shoot out after extra time during the round of 16 match between Croatia

SOCHI, Russia They've gone 120 minutes twice in a week.

This World Cup has seen unexpected teams taking their position in the semi-finals with their determination and skill. City bars were packed to capacity and emotions were high every time they played.

Russian Federation had delivered the flawless opening salvo, firing five goals past the Saudis in the World Cup opening match that instantly gave the home crowd a reason to turn their attention to football. "Of course he isn't obsessive - he can't be an obsessive fan because he can't permit himself this - but he likes interesting football", Peskov said. "Let's not be happy with what we have achieved and go ahead".

Kolinda, the first female president in her country, was earlier seen shaking hands and congratulating Medvedev when Russian Federation took the lead but she couldn't hide her excitement when her team entered the semi-final for the first time after 1998. She is fluent in Croatian, English, Spanish and Portuguese while she also has understanding of Italian, German and French.

And Croatia is on the side of the bracket where playing in the final seems entirely possible if it can beat the Russians. At some point, that wave could crash. "We were together. You were the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th player". You have to pay the toll for such exertions. "Maybe it turned out for the best of the team that we entered a new era with a new coach", said Perisic.

However, a bigger issue for coach Zlatko Dalic will be how to get more decisive performances from his top players. We played at club level as well, ' says striker Mario Mandzukic, who played with Modric at Dinamo Zagreb a decade ago before the latter joined Tottenham Hotspur.

"[Putin] called me several times", Cherchesov told journalists in Sochi on Friday before the quarter-final with Croatia.

Russia's best moment of the second half came after 71 minutes when Fernandes leapt up for a header only for his effort to sail over the crossbar.

"Moscow, Croatians are arriving!"

Ex-Real Madrid forward Davor Suker, the current president of the country's football federation, was the golden boot victor in 1998 with six goals for a team that also featured AC Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban, as well as defenders Igor Stimac and Slaven Bilic - both of whom played in England.

"So we'll just have to assess people as we go".

"We saw how good they are from dead balls so will have to focus more on defending set-pieces because we conceded from a set-piece today, so have to improve that element of our game".

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