With Russia out of the tournament, hosts' World Cup fever wanes

11 July, 2018, 07:34 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Russia players celebrate

As Russia's World Cup dream ended with defeat to Croatia, some soccer fans noted the absence from the stadium of President Vladimir Putin, who attended only one match in Russia's best World Cup run since the Soviet collapse in 1991.

Croatia will now head to Moscow where they take on England in the second semifinal to be played on Wednesday, July 11.

She was also in the players changing room after they knocked out Russian Federation to book a place at the 2018 World Cup semis. 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.

There was a surprise inclusion among the 23 players as a rubber chicken was thrown around in the early part of training.

Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will again be in attendance as the interest in football reaches fever pitch.

Despite his off-field troubles, Modric been an admirable leader for his team on the field, allowing them to match the great side of 1998 that reached the last four in France.

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Croatia can expect a hostile reception at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday.

Croatia's Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren celebrate after the match against Russian Federation. "He did root for our team", Peskov said in a conversation with reporters.

"There are reservations, but not as many", she added.

"But of course you get an accumulation of fatigue through a tournament, that's why we took the decision we did against Belgium more than anything".

"Hendo was another one who was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change".

A World Cup host city must have a hub for fans to meet and watch games on giant screens.

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If that's going to change, Russian soccer may need reform - perhaps more players signed to foreign clubs like Cheryshev, sharing knowledge and experience from overseas.

"We enjoy playing against big teams as we showed against Argentina", said the Liverpool centre-back. The Three Lions won 5-1 that night at Wembley to seal their qualification for the 2010 World Cup, having also won the reverse fixture 4-1 when Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick.

"I can't tell you their gameplan or tactics - but I know our gameplan".

The players and fans sang the national anthem together before the team left the Fan Fest venue to chants of "Thank you".

It made Alli (22) the second youngest England scorer in a World Cup game, after Michael Owen.

"Personally I don't think I played as well as I should have, but the team were resilient, defended well and dominated the game".

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