Croatia President wins hearts with her celebratory gesture

  • Croatia President wins hearts with her celebratory gesture

Croatia President wins hearts with her celebratory gesture

"They don't need any motivation for this now".

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'.

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. "In Qatar in four years we will do better", Cherchesov said to thousands of fans in the Fan Zone in Moscow.

Russian midfielder Aleksandr Samedov, along with veteran defender Sergei Ignashevich, have announced their retirement from worldwide football.

After the final whistle he celebrated wildly, shouting and pumping his fist in front of the travelling support. "But I was a bit scared to come here, and after being here, I experienced something absolutely brilliant, beautiful, brilliant, number one", he added.

The team and the country are riding a wave of adrenaline in matching the 1998 Croatian team and reaching the semis.

Most importantly, they won for us, for the whole country.

"We wanted to go further but, regrettably, we could not do that". Let's push the boundaries, let's create our own history and they are continuing to do that all of the time. I could not even imagine that i would finish my career on it highest peak.

Belgium, meanwhile, are perhaps the only other side that can rival France's individual riches. "We have the strength and quality to do that".

"Not only is he playing well throughout the match, but he is showing great confidence about him which he proved with two decisive penalties in the round of 16 and the quarter-finals".

Southgate is concerned about the demands of the tournament on his players.

Belgium is the last team in the tournament without a loss or tie, with victories in all five of its games.

And it remains to be seen how quickly Croatia can recover from this draining night, having also been taken to extra time and penalties by Denmark in the last round. "We expect a very hard, tight and demanding match. We'll just have to assess the bodies". We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England, we have one day less for preparation.

And after Fernandes' late equaliser from Alan Dzagoev's free-kick - the midfielder was making his first appearance as a substitute since suffering injury in Russia's opening game - you felt the momentum would be with Russian Federation.

"All the England players have got to do is watch each other's back", he told Sky Sports News. I am happy that i have been a part of this team, this coach and our football country for nearly 20 years.

Kane scored twice in the opening game against Tunisia, including a last-minute victor, and a hat-trick in the rout of Panama.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Croatia progressed into Russian Federation 2018 semifinals after beating Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties.

"It's coming home" is the chant heard round the world from England supporters.

"I am so happy to be a citizen of Russian Federation", he told the crowd. The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here. You can't reach the last eight of the World Cup if you don't have quality.

"In the second half and in extra time we dominated, we should have finished the job before penalties", he said, "but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama".

"Obviously it's always nice to score but more importantly we're through to the next round".

"Personally I don't think I played as well as I should have, but the team were resilient, defended well and dominated the game".