Russian Federation celebrates team's run despite World Cup exit

Russian fans were dejected at the result but happy at the team's overall performance

Croatia ended Russia's surprising World Cup run with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Belgium has never been to the final of a World Cup, but that's exactly what they look poised to do as the highest-ranked team (No. 3 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings) left in the tournament.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident his side can handle the atmosphere as they take on hosts Russian Federation for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

"In Qatar in four years we will do better", Cherchesov said to thousands of fans in the Fan Zone in Moscow.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Dalic said: "We can not choose our opponents, hosts or otherwise".

Real Madrid midfielder Modric said: "Maybe it is written in the stars that we had to go through the extra drama. We hope we have turned the situation for the better". If they trusted us or not, we trusted ourselves.

Croatia earned their shot at England after beating hosts Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after the match was tied 2-2 after extra-time as Denis Cheryshev and Mario Fernandes traded goals with Andrej Kramaric and Domagoj Vida.

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"I'm not thinking about it, only about my national team succeeding", he said. Croatia had scored a draw against host country Russian Federation but won 4-3 in the penalty shootout.

The pair left England on June 12 and have been on the road since, taking in World Cup venue cities Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Moscow and Samara in support of the England team.

Ready for the World Cup's semi-finale? Igor Akinfeev later blocked an attempt from Mateo Kovacic.

"We've been always returning to the 1998 team, putting a new burden on Modric and his team".

After finishing second in their Group to fellow semi finalists Belgium, Gareth Southgate's side has incredibly found itself on the easier side of the draw, avoiding the likes of France, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, while Spain and Germany faced early elimination.

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

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