The Russian team was shown training before the match with Croatia

Gleb Garanich

Gleb Garanich

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida has heap praised on Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic on helping him scored a crucial penalty during his side's 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-final victory over Russian Federation.

Croatia captain Luka Modric put in a man of the match performance to lead his side to a penalty shootout victory over hosts Russian Federation, but he has no interest in personal awards as they chase their World Cup dream in a semi-final against England.

"Clearly, we wanted to go even further but sadly today we could not", coach Stanislav Cherchesov said, addressing the crowd. "I believe that people did not only start trusting us but they are in love with us", he told reporters during his post-match press conference.

"I left everything on the field and unfortunately we were unlucky", Russian Federation midfielder Roman Zobnin said.

France and Begium took care of all South American teams, who among them share a combined nine World Cups.

Robert Prosinecki, a member of the 1998 squad, said: "I would so much like that they be better than us".

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'The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big.

Subasic was able to play through extra time and again made a key save in the penalty shootout as Croatia won 4-3 and advanced to the semifinals for the second time in its history. And what now, after the heart-breaking quarter-finals defeat to Croatia on penalties.

"It's not their first tournament, it's maybe the last World Cup for a couple of them, but I think maybe now is the right moment". Coach Zlatko Dalic have select Luka Modric, Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic as four of his five penalty takers and Vida received some tips from Rakitic before scoring.

Dalic said: "That was a great success for Croatia as a nation".

After returning from their Friday quarterfinals in Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan, respectively, France and Belgium worked out at their Moscow-area training bases Sunday before heading to St. Petersburg for their Tuesday night semifinal.

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