Russia's Sergei Ignashevich announces retirement after World Cup exit

Tanya Simon
July 9, 2018

This tactic was turned on its head against Croatia, with Russian Federation going all out and scoring first but conceding two more before an equaliser deep in the second half of extra time reignited their hopes of a last four spot, the first since the Soviet Union's 1966 run.

They finished third in France by beating the Netherlands in the third place play-off and since then they have always come up short, but always played an attractive style of football.

Since Rakitić has performed brilliantly for Croatia in the World Cup thus far, it should be exciting to see how much of an effect this diet change truly has on his game when he suits up in a Barcelona jersey once again.

A million dollar question is doing the rounds in England: "Is it coming home?".

"We're buzzing. We know there is still a big game ahead, but we're feeling really good", he said.

Vida, who scored in extra time before his side's win on penalties, shouted "Glory to Ukraine" in Ukrainian.

Subasic had been the hero in Croatia's round of 16 win over Denmark where he equalled the World Cup record for most saves in a shootout, with three. The character the French showed in that game has made them a genuine title contender.

Luka Modric - also once of Tottenham - is the heartbeat of the team, their captain and their best player.

The national team has been gaining followers and drawing increasing political attention from government leaders with every win.

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The 1966 World Cup champions last reached the semifinals in 1990, losing the first of a series of haunting penalty shootouts. And the respective media from both Germany and Spain have dropped an intriguing assessment of England's World Cup campaign.

The 38-year-old defender returned to the national team for the finals and played a key part in his side's surprise run to the last eight.

This is an opportunity to go one step further than Croatia reached at the 1998 World Cup, where a team managed by Miroslav Blazevic and including Slaven Bilic and Davor Suker reached the semi-final.

President Vladimir Putin has invited Cherchesov and his charges to the Kremlin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev came down into the players' locker room after the loss. Croatia are in the semis.

Croatia stand between England and the World Cup final. That was the only year the Croatians advanced past the group stage before this tournament.

Then Russia left their Croatian counterparts in hot water (well maybe luke warm) as Denis Cheryshev conceded in the 31st minute of the game.

"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are unsafe at corners".

Their tournament ended in disappointment that time around, with eventual winners France knocking them out. Someone asked me if we are too small a country to be world champions.

Croatia players celebrate winning the penalty shootout. Croatia can build a game, can play on a counter, crossing, and can score even outside of the box.

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