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

Zlatko Dalic has guided Croatia to the quarter-finals of the World Cup

First one forward and defending. "After the game, Putin phoned him again and noted the team's worthy performance at the World Cup, as well as Russia's handsome and determined game in the historic match against Croatia".

While England have played 480 minutes and been involved in one penalty shootout in Russia, Croatia have played 30 minutes more and their past two games have gone to penalties.

BELGIUM are the most potent attacking force at the World Cup, which should take them a long way towards a very first World Cup final.

The playmaker, who won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid before coming to Russian Federation, brushed off suggestions that his performance might put him in the running for the Ballon d'Or prize as the world's best player.

That suggests it has had difficulty putting away its opponents, but it also means it is excelling during the biggest moments.

On paper Croatia should dominate the game, as they're ranked number 20 compared to Russia's 70th place, but you can never underestimate the effect of a home crowd.

Their first tough competition came against Denmark, as the teams headed to penalties to decide the victor.

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Portal Sport360 announced the match through three key comparisons - the goalkeeper, midfielder, and striker.

Penalties were required and after Smolov's feeble Panenka attempt with the first effort was foiled by Subasic, parity was restored when Akinfeev got down to his left to keep out Mateo Kovacic's second attempt for Croatia. After that match, Subasic revealed he had been playing in tribute to a dead friend.

In five matches against France, Croatia has never won, being forced to settle for two draws and three losses.

Following the dramatic penalty shootout win, sealed by Ivan Rakitic's decisive spot-kick, Croatia were in jubilant mood as they caught the team coach back from the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

RTÉ soccer analyst Didi Hamann believes that England have the slight edge over Croatia going into their World Cup semi-final.

It seemed Croatia were cruising to the semis, but Fernandes ensured it were shootouts that decided the course of the game.

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