Russian Federation 2 Croatia 2 (Croatia win on penalties)

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The Croatians are enjoying their best World Cup since coming third at the tournament in France in 1998 and are aiming to keep the festivities going by beating Russian Federation and booking a semi-final berth against either Sweden or England.

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.

The 2002 and 2006 tournaments were particularly frustrating because a win in the final group games would have advanced Croatia to the knockout round.

"Of course there is some power left for the English", he told a post-match press conference.

"I think it says enough about our atmosphere, the fact that we have been together for nearly a month and a half and there wasn't even the smallest incident between the players", insisted Rebic.

She added: "We have been very clear as to why we took that decision in relation to ministers".

Croatia became only the second team to win successive penalty shootouts at the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Argentina in 1990, when they overcame Russian Federation 4-3 on Saturday to follow up their win over Denmark in the previous round.

"We took the hard route, we were unlucky in previous major tournaments, particularly at Euros, but now we are collecting those debts at the World Cup this year".

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

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Despite the pre-World Cup barbs and snipes regarding Russia's quality and the politically-charged commentary related to the hosts, they bowed out in style, having exceeded expectations and injected the tournament with a healthy dose of enthusiasm. We were unlucky at previous tournaments but now we are collecting those debts this year, ' said Modric after Saturday's win over Russian Federation in Sochi.

'I've known Luka for a number of years, not only with the national team.

"I was concentrated throughout the match but after Rakitic's penalty, it came bursting out of me".

"So, hopefully we are going to play the way we can".

"To beat them, we'll have to make our own luck ... we'll have to be ready to suffer". They're dealing with injuries to their starting right back, their goalkeeper and a handful of other players who could probably use a week in the ice bath.

'He is our captain, our leader, we follow him and if the team manages a great result and he gets the Ballon d'Or he will deserve it, and I want it for him'.

"How far can we go?" "To score four goals is good, but if the team doesn't go forward, it's meaningless".

According to world soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association he earned a total of 127 caps, scoring nine goals, and holding the record for most worldwide appearances by any Russian player. They deserve to have reached the quarter-finals.

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