A look at what’s ahead in the World Cup

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They know what the Russian national team is worth.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt were swept aside in the group stage.

The hosts, the lowest-ranked team at the World Cup this year, were second in their group and beat former champions Spain in the last-16 round.

"We can not choose our opponent, be they the hosts or somebody else".

The Kremlin spokesman reiterated that "the president kept in contact with [chief coach of the team Stanislav] Cherchesov". We wanted to show our Swiss neighbours how powerful a football nation we are.

Croatia hadn't advanced this far at the World Cup since the 1998 World Cup, which was its first appearance. It's the case when demobilization leaves you disappointed.

"It would have been better if we could have stayed [in the World Cup] to July 15". "Hopefully our right-back Sime Vrsaljko is not so injured like he thinks, so hopefully we can manage".

"Russia has become a true football country". But that's rarely translated into success on the field and opportunities have been missed.

Although central Moscow has experienced a World Cup party atmosphere, the size of the city means "you could be in the neighbourhood of Moscow and not even realise there is a World Cup happening", al-Khater said.

Players like Andrei Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko struggled to apply their obvious talent in Europe's biggest leagues.

Gareth Southgate has revealed how the spirit of 1966 is inspiring England's World Cup journey. The Villarreal winger warned against complacency.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time against Russian Federation but remained in the match and played his role when the game went to penalties. "We have succeeded I believe, but it's time to take a step forward".

"From the start of the second half we played much better, but unfortunately we couldn't finish the game". Outside of sport, dalmatian dogs are thought to have originated from the Croatian region of Dalmatia. The pair previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev.

"Today we lost but it happened, nothing bad", Cheryshev said.

"It's all there, it's all apparent and we've just got to prepare them as well as we can for the game".

Zlatko Dalic's men thought they had won the game when centre-back Domagoj Vida put them in front in extra time, only for Russia's Mario Fernandes to head home in the 115th minute and snatch a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Croatia captain Luka Modric said his side showed character on Saturday to get through "another drama" after edging to a second straight shoot-out win to knock Russian Federation out of the World Cup and set up a semi-final with England.

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