Russian fans sad but proud after World Cup exit


England trio Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire are looking to guide their side to only their second World Cup final.

And it earned the exhausted group a date with England in the semifinals. By the knockout stage, supporters were chanting "Roo-see-ah!" at stadiums where the team wasn't even playing.

He continues to make his case as the top player at the tournament.

Roberto Martinez celebrates Belgium;s quarter-final win over Brazil.

If Croatia get anywhere near their best, they win this.

"The World Cup was a strong motivation of me". His conservative approach isn't always the best to watch, yet it's hard to argue with the results.

Their tournament ended in disappointment that time around, with eventual winners France knocking them out.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian goalkeeper Mikhail Gotra had his contract with FC Karpaty terminated for cheering on Russian Federation on his Instagram page following their round-of-16 win over Spain.

"In the second half and in extra time we dominated, we should have finished the job before penalties", he said, "but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama". They also trailed Croatia 1-0 in the semifinals before earning a 2-1 win. Only Belgium have had more with nine (excluding own goals).

They dominated the match, but Russian Federation contributed to another fantastic occasion in what has been an outstanding World Cup. Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 and Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties in the round of 16.

With the game going into extra time, the tension was higher expectedly.

Henderson is desperate to play against Croatia and is keeping his fingers crossed the hamstring responds to treatment.

Croatia beat Russian Federation in penalties and proceeded to a semi-final encounter against England on Thursday.

It sets up a showdown in Moscow against England, who beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day.

"Thank you for the honest, genuine emotions you gave us thoughout the World Cup", they wrote. To have gone to the depths emotionally and physically in midweek [against Colombia], and controlled this game and withstood the physical test, was a sign of resilience of a young team who are maturing in front of our eyes.

"We want to enjoy this victory and not put more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998 - what they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive".