Russia came a cropper against their strongest opponents at the competition. The first half was relatively evenly matched, with chances and a goal at both ends. The Croats gained the ascendancy in the second half, but Russia displayed their spirit once again to hold firm and force extra time, like in the previous round. Unfortunately, on this occasion they did not keep their cool from the spot.
Twenty years on from Croatia first taking the FIFA World Cup™ by storm, Zlatko Dalic's team have booked the country's place in the semi-finals for the second time in their history. Having emerged victorious on penalties after a gruelling encounter, the Balkan side have also got a monkey off their back by ending their hoodoo against World Cup hosts, having been knocked out by France in 1998 and lost to Brazil in the Opening Match of the 2014 edition.
Roared on by a boisterous crowd at the Fisht Stadium, the Russians sought to press high up the pitch early on. Yet despite this pressure and the din, which rose to deafening levels every time the hosts sprang forward on the break, the Croats refused to be cowed, continuing to play their game and giving as good as they got.
British Prime Minister Theresa May would like to host an event for the English football team after they reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years, her spokeswoman said on Thursday (Jul 12).
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"We would certainly like to host a reception for the England football team, who did so well in Russia, and that is something that we are going to talk to the FA (Football Association) about," her spokeswoman said.
The real winner at the World Cup so far must surely be David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and Ian Broudie due to the royalties they are reaping by the bucket load.
Classic Euro '96 anthem "Three Lions" has been resurrected with gusto by fans, with the song being streamed millions of times online and the chorus commandeered for use in an endless succession of memes. The iconic line in the song "It's Coming Home" is taking over the country.
The single is one of the biggest selling of all-time in the U.K., bought 1.6 million times -- so far. Only 31 songs in history have had more sales. And the Official Charts Company said on Friday the song is set to return to the top 40 yet again.
Indeed, when even the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is forced to admit it's coming home, then you know the battle is already won.
For the second time at the 2018 World Cup, Belgium has defeated England. After beating the Three Lions 1-0 in the group stage, the Red Devils did it again, winning 2-0 on Saturday in the third-place match.
After falling a step short in the semifinals, the teams battled for bronze but it was all Belgium. Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne drove England wild on the counter attack, as Gareth Southgate's team struggled to do much despite having more of the ball and 15 shots, putting five on frame.
And the winning goal would come early. Just four minutes in, Thomas Meunier would score the winner on an assist from Nacer Chadli with a fine finish in front of goal: