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With Russia out, who will home fans back?

09 July 2018

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Croatia looked great in the group stage-never better than in their 3-0 victory over Argentina.

"I'm very pleased at how the team played the whole World Cup, how it showed it character and worked to the maximum", said Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

The teams meet in Moscow to compete for a place in the 15 July final after Dalic's side overcame hosts Russian Federation on Saturday.

How they got there France made smooth work of beating Uruguay 2-0 in their quarter-final, with Raphael Varane and Antonie Griezmann the goalscorers. Both Russia and Croatia had needed extra-time in their matches against Spain and Denmark, respectively, and thus emulated South Korea and Spain, who needed extra time and penalties to separate each other in the last eight of 2002.

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"I'm not thinking about it, only about my national team succeeding", he said.

In Moscow, the area behind Red Square was the unofficial beating heart of this World Cup.

This is an opportunity to go one step further than Croatia reached at the 1998 World Cup, where a team managed by Miroslav Blazevic and including Slaven Bilic and Davor Suker reached the semi-final.

"I love Russian people", Vida was quoted as saying.

They were terrific in getting a two-goal lead against Brazil and then put in a mature second half display to hold off the fightback from their South American opponents. "They've given us belief that we are a genuine footballing country".

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"Play my Croatia, when I see you my heart is on fire!", a popular song, was heard in squares and streets throughout the country.

Croatia wouldn't trade its second straight shootout win, but four hours of soccer in six days have left the Croats banged-up.

"He watched. He was rooting for the team".

Adding a little more to the stats trivia package, the Croatian win yesterday was the highest MM result for any event on Fox or Fox Sports since the 5.1 that the Daytona 500 raced to on February 18. We all knew what was next.

Modric suggested there was "maybe a bit more pressure on England" but, whereas Southgate's side are one of the youngest at the tournament, this will be a last roll of the dice at a World Cup for many Croatia players, probably Modric - now 32 - included.

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With Russia out, who will home fans back?