Tearful Russians exhale after World Cup loss

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Goldman has good news for England fans, forecasting the team will be victorious in its semifinal against Croatia on Wednesday, reaching only its second final, and the first since 1966 - the only time England won the World Cup.

After a dramatic win on penalties against Russia, Croatia will play England on Wednesday in front of 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the World Cup final.

Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England's charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.

"A lot of surprises at the World Cup, with Germany, Argentina, they are out of the competition, but also surprised by England, how they play, their style, how they play different to the past", he said.

Well, ever since the inception of the FIFA World Cup, there have been unexpected ousters of relatively stronger teams by the so-called weaker teams in nearly every edition.

"Obviously we work on them in attack and defence, and they are vitally important for us", said Ashley Young, one of England's set-piece specialists.

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Mandzukic said the team would not be exhausted after being forced into extra time and penalties by Denmark and Russian Federation in the past two games, and would be doing everything to eclipse the Croatian team from 1998 which lost in the last four against hosts France. Ignashevich, 38, is in fact quitting the game for good, acknowledging it was a hard decision to take but was quoted as saying that "I could have hardly imagined to end my career with such a highlight". "The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big".

Croatia had gone ahead in the last minute of extra-time in Vienna only for the Turks to level with the last kick of the game and win on penalties.

Action from a match with 2018 World Cup semi-finalists, France. Their generation are more than heroes for us, ' added Rakitic.

France's Aujourd'hui en France newspaper prepared a full-page spread featuring the two popular comic characters and said it was more than a match. "It will be a battle again", he said. Martinez hopes to succeed where they failed by employing a two-year process to ensure "this is a team, this is not a group of individuals".

Immediately after his penalty went in Rakitic was mobbed by his team-mates - in repeat scenes of Croatia's last-16 shootout victory over Denmark.

"Putin called me during the day, and he called me right now", Cherchesov said.