Russia bow out in style after fine run on home soil

Russia vs Croatia: Quarter Final- 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Russia vs Croatia: Quarter Final- 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Croatia captain Luka Modric put in a Man-of-the-Match performance to lead his side to a penalty shoot-out victory over hosts Russian Federation, but he has no interest in personal awards as Croats chase their World Cup dream in a semi-final against England.

Perenial shootout losers England were up next, taking on Colombia in the round of 16.

There's no way it couldn't be after ousting Denmark on penalties in the round of 16, then being forced to extra time again by host Russian Federation on Saturday.

France's Ousmane Dembele exercises during France's official training on the eve of the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, July 9, 2018.

"Of course there is some power left for the English", he told a post-match press conference.

"I always give my best for my club and my country". "We have to play our own game regardless of who is in the stands".

Dalic admired the way the Three Lions handled their business in the 2-0 success over the Swedes. "They are still great guys for us, they are heroes", said Peskov.

He was reluctant to identify a favourite for the tie, though, highlighting how many of those fancied to win the competition before it began such as Brazil, Germany and Spain have already been ousted.


'Hopefully we will go a step further than in 1998.

'They breezed past Sweden, they scored twice, they were better, ' Dalic added of England. You can't reach the last eight of the World Cup if you don't have quality.

"Obviously we work on them in attack and defense, and they are vitally important for us", said Ashley Young, one of England's set-piece specialists.

A huge crowd of people at the FIFA Fan Fest on Vorobyovy Gory greeted the team with thunderous applause and loud chants "Rossiya" and "Spasibo" to mark the Sbornaya's remarkable accomplishments at the home World Cup. While they have a case when it comes to political symbols and the like, this is merely a player remembering his friend who died.

Russian fans paid tribute to their team, who exited the tournament after their defeat on penalties following 120 gruelling minutes of football.

"We have enough time to rest and prepare well", he said.

Inter are looking to sign their right-back with calm and are confident they can reach an agreement with the Spanish club before the transfer window closes in mid-August.

It is usually said that going first in a penalty shootout is beneficial, but this World Cup is bucking that trend.

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