Russian Federation loses to Croatia, and Twitter users Putin their best jokes

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Croatia went on to beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after an emotionally draining quarter-final game yesterday.

Liverpool's No.6 played the full game in what was a gripping quarter-final tie.

Russian Federation opened the scoring in the 31minutes through Denis Cheryshev.

The victor of this game will play the victor of the Sweden-England game in the semi-finals.

"I don't like to see him at Madrid", said Rakitic.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

Even four-time champions Italy, perennial favourites Holland, the USA, who have made it a habit to qualify and Africa's hope, Ghana, all missed out on qualification for the biggest spectacle in world sport.

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Croatia's flair for the dramatic suggests another penalty shootout is in store, and the Croatians will make history by winning a third straight.

"It doesn't' have to be 3-0", Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said.

The 25-year-old said France expect "a very hard game" against Belgium, adding that his relatively young French squad "will have to give the best of ourselves" and that they are looking to show their "growth" and "maturity". In an earlier match against Denmark, a picture of her cheering Croatia from the stands along with other fans has gone viral.

After extra time ended with the score level at 2-2, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was Croatia's penalty hero, denying Fedor Smolov before seeing Mario Fernandes fire wide.

With the semifinals and the final yet to be played, the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup have already produced 35 goals, three more than the entire knockout phase four years ago in Brazil. Croatia's shooters did enough that Ivan Rakitic's successful penalty was the victor and set off another wild celebration with Subasic on the bottom of the pile. We are happy that we're going there, that means we've done something big.

Then in 1990 in Italy they beat Cameroon in extra time to head into another semi-final, this time they faced Germany and lost on penalties, the beginning of their long hoodoo from 12 yards.

After making the semi-final in 1998 in France the Croatians return to the last four, this time to face England.

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