'Croatian dream continues' press hail World Cup win

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Croatia will play England in the World Cup semifinals after Harry Kane's team beat Sweden 2-0 in the other quarterfinal on Saturday (NZT Sunday).

Russian Federation has claimed the territory since 2014, despite worldwide condemnation.

The video went viral in Russian Federation, prompting a hostile reaction. Numerous Croatia players said arriving in Sochi immediately after the round of 16 win over Denmark was a major benefit, but now are facing a rapid recovery.

The centre-back was investigated by world football's governing body over comments he made in a social media video after Croatia's quarter-final victory over hosts Russian Federation.

Political slogans are banned from the game, with Section 54 of FIFA's disciplinary code stating: "Anyone who provokes the general public during a match will be suspended for two matches and sanctioned with a minimum fine of CHF 5,000 (£3,800)".

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Subasic saved Russia's first penalty from Fedor Smolov and, after Russia's Mario Fernandes and Croatia's Mateo Kovacic had failed to convert, Barcelona's Rakitic clinched the second shoot-out win for the Croats, who reached the last for the second time, following 1998. Neither has a World Cup medal though.

"At that moment, I felt that I did not understand anything about football", Rakitic told El Pais.

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Vida was part of one of Ukraine's top clubs, Dynamo Kyiv, from 2013 to 2017. Vukojevic retired in 2017 having spent seven years of his playing career in the Ukrainian capital from 2008 to 2015.

Sadly for Fox and soccer fans, there's a few days of World Cup silence until France take on Belgium on July 10 and then England v. Croatia the next day.

At every World Cup since 1966, the English fans have been in a cycle of hope and despair, as the Three Lions tried to replicate their only world title.

There were suggestions earlier in the tournament that Switzerland duo Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri could face punishment for their controversial celebrations against Serbia, but the pair have so far escaped punishment for their actions.

Vida issued a statement distributed by Croatia's football federation after the FIFA ruling calling the entire incident a misunderstanding.

"We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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