England's Semi Final Will Be Against Croatia On Wednesday

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Despite the result, street parties broke out in central Moscow in scenes reminiscent of the celebrations following Russia's shock victory over Spain on Sunday.

"We have already achieved something big by reaching the semi-finals". "To score four goals is good, but if the team doesn't go forward, it's meaningless. Whether we're in the top four in the world is something we would still have to prove", England manager Gareth Southgate said. "We will show our Argentinian flag, but we will support Russian Federation".

Upon arrival back in Moscow, the team said on Twitter that it would meet with fans at the FIFA Fan Zone in Moscow on July 8. "But we do not want to stop now, we have to make it a step further". In such instances, those who have kept consistently higher performances over a larger number of games were rewarded with a higher rank.

After ending the home side's incredible run, Zlatko Dalic's side will aim to at least go one better than the famous 1998 vintage, who finished third in France, when they meet England at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

First up Les Bleus v De Rode Duivels in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night, a match-up of western European neighbours.

He wrote on Twitter: "It's unfortunate, but nonetheless it was a great game". Fans spilling out of bars chanted "Russia", dancing in the street and singing along as music blared.

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Reuters quoted student Artyom Osadchy as saying: "It was a great match". It's the first time we're in the quarterfinals in a very long time.

Croatia players celebrate winning the penalty shootout.

Croatia stymied Russia's positive start as Russian Federation focused on counter-attacking but Ivan Perisic glanced a header wide as Dalic's men struggled to turn possession into clear-cut chances.

The match began when Croatian fans started to re-enact their own version of Iceland's "Viking thunder-clap" - you know, the one where they all clap really slowly and chant in flawless unison.

AFP reported that tens of thousands of Croats poured onto the streets after the victory, singing and waving flares and Croatian flags.

There were unreal scenes again on Zagreb's main square where thousands of fans gathered to watch the match. It was simply an occasion on which I spoke from my heart.

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