Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Croatia President visits her team’s changing room, video goes viral

Croatia President visits her team’s changing room, video goes viral

The Russian team exited the tournament, having lost to Croatia in a series of penalty shootouts in the World Cup quarterfinal on July 7.

The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked nation in the tournament, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union team finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic watched Croatia book their place in the World Cup semi-final in a nerve-jangling penalty shoot-out at the weekend and has been a twelfth player for the team - thanks to her patriotic attire, enthusiastic chanting and dressing room celebrations.

"In Qatar in four years we will do better", Cherchesov said to thousands of fans in the Fan Zone in Moscow. He said what we showed on the field was great.

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France and Begium took care of all South American teams, who among them share a combined nine World Cups. "We hope we have turned the situation for the better", the coach noted.

Croatia will next play England in the semifinals on Wednesday in Moscow.

The 29-year-old Besiktas center-back headed Croatia in front in extra time after Denis Cheryshev netted his fourth goal of the tournament to put Russian Federation 1-0 ahead Andrej Kramaric equalised, only for Mario Fernandes to dramatically send the game to penalties.

"From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading", he said.

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When captain Igor Akinfeev and talisman Artem Dzyuba were handed the microphone to address the fans, all of Vorobyovy Gory was drowned out in applause. It will be a battle again but I believe in us.

In turn, thousands of ecstatic fans showed up on Vorobyovy Gory on Sunday to thank their heroes for an fantastic World Cup. Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, and Sweden were all sent packing in the quarter-finals. Vida told Croatian media after the match said via Goal.

The majority of Russian fans believe that their team can emerge victorious from the confrontation with the Croats.

In 1998, Croatia, which had emerged from a bitter independence war only three years earlier, made its debut at a World Cup finals.

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