These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

Russian fans were dejected at the result but happy at the team's overall performance

The President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was ecstatic after the country's FIFA World Cup 2018 quarterfinal win over Russian Federation here on Saturday. The national team's unexpected run to the quarterfinals sparked a surge of support from fans who had been mostly indifferent before the World Cup started.

When captain Igor Akinfeev and talisman Artem Dzyuba were handed the microphone to address the fans, all of Vorobyovy Gory was drowned out in applause.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia had never managed to go past the group stage and their defeat to Uruguay that did expose some of the qualities they were missing, including in attack, mattered little at that point. Majority sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn.

They take on Croatia on Wednesday night for a place in the final.

"I left everything on the field and unfortunately we were unlucky", Russian Federation midfielder Roman Zobnin said. That's not how Croatia play.

They lost to Croatia 4-3 on penalties after extra-time ended with the sides deadlocked at 2-2 in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday.

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Ivan Rakitic, so often a key man for Barcelona, was not almost as influential as at club level, while in defence, Russia's Mario Fernandes beat more highly rated defenders to head home a late equaliser.

After taking her oath in 2015, Grabar-Kitarovic said she will work on making Croatia - which has a 20 per cent unemployment rate and a six-year recession - 'a rich state'. "But we have a lot of good players on the bench who showed they can change the rhythm of the game".

"But now, I pray and I would give anything in the world that this squad eventually "confines us to history".

The Croats hadn't advanced to the semifinals at the World Cup since 1998, when the country made its first appearance.

According to earlier reports, Macron will visit Russian Federation to attend the semifinal match between France and Belgium on July 10.

By all accounts, this is the glamorous semi-final considering the quality of talent between the sides.

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