Russia's Ignashevich and Samedov retire after quarterfinal exit at the World Cup

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The magnitude of reaching the semi-finals for the first time since the country's World Cup debut at France 1998 proved evident from the celebrations that both the striker and his team-mates witnessed back home.

Neither team could be separated after extra time, which ended 2-2 following an absorbing and exhausting battle at Fisht Stadium.

Tears of joy flowed down the face of Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic after Ivan Rakitic slotted home the final penalty and emotions ran strong throughout the historical night as Croatia achieved its biggest success on the global stage in the last 20 years.

She was also in the players changing room after they knocked out Russian Federation to book a place at the 2018 World Cup semis.

'There are no favourites in this World Cup - every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out.


"We took the hard route".

She arrived in time for her team's round of 16 clash with Denmark and watched the game from the stands alongside other football fans. We made ourselves happy but also everybody back home in Croatia happy. "I would like to become a coach, a good coach", he added. Pat Frost, England's kitman, revealed the semi-final shirts had been printed on Sunday evening, confirming a return to white via a tweet. "This is a great success and a great result". "We know that we're facing England for a place in the final and now we want to win the trophy".

The playmaker, who won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid before coming to Russian Federation, brushed off suggestions that his performance might put him in the running for the Ballon d'Or prize as the world's best player.

Whoever makes it through today's last two games will be through to the semi-final matches, which will then follow next week. They surprised us. They pressed us very high.

"We're giving our all".


They will now play England after the Three Lions won against Sweden earlier this afternoon.

Gareth Southgate has imbued a confidence within his young players that will lead them to believe that anything is possible.

And if that was not enough to make netizens fall in love with her, on her trip to Russian Federation, the President boarded the economy class with fans as they headed to Sochi to cheer on their national team.

Despite the pre-World Cup barbs and snipes regarding Russia's quality and the politically-charged commentary related to the hosts, they bowed out in style, having exceeded expectations and injected the tournament with a healthy dose of enthusiasm.


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