Ivan Rakitic Hoping To Outdo The Croatian Heroes Of 1998 World Cup

Posted July 09, 2018

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Which one of these two ultra-talented squads can do a little more than the other, and advance to the 2018 World Cup Final?

The match began when Croatian fans started to re-enact their own version of Iceland's "Viking thunder-clap" - you know, the one where they all clap really slowly and chant in flawless unison.

"We've got to this point because the collective has been so strong".

But as in the previous match against Denmark - which Croatia also won on penalties after an insipid 1-1 draw - all too often his team mates failed to do anything with them.

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"I'm not thinking about it, only about my national team succeeding", he said. I do not know why the Russians are so angry about it, but I love them and again, I repeat, that everything was just a joke.

"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". With players like Harry Kane and Dele Alli, they have the capacity to move on to the final.

Russian Federation were awarded a free-kick after Josip Pivarić handles the ball and the World Cup hosts get their equaliser.

It's the second straight match for both teams that went to a penalty shootout. Russian Federation had crashed out of the tournament. Majority sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn.

"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are risky at corners".

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"This looks like a nation with a newfound sense of footballing confidence - and expectations for the future", said Challands.

"He watched. He was rooting for the team. They are still great guys for us, they are heroes", said Peskov.

"This was a good game, and a attractive one".

Russian fans were not happy with the development, and took to the streets with anti-Croatia chants of their own.

Croatia, with their dreamy midfield, are of course a very hard opponent and have been brilliant all tournament.

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"They dealt with Sweden relatively easily so we know they are going to be a hard opponent and we respect them", he continued. Even if they don't they may still do so.