Vida could face ban over 'glory to Ukraine' video

Vida could face ban over 'glory to Ukraine' video

Vida could face ban over 'glory to Ukraine' video

It did not take too long for Croatia to get back on track as Mandzukic turned provider for the equaliser, charging down the left and pulling back for an Andrej Kramaric free header from seven yards.

They will face England, who beat Sweden 2-0 earlier, at the Luzhniki Stadium Moscow on Wednesday.

Domagoj Vida headed Luka Modric's corner home 10 minutes into the first extra period, only for Fernandes, the Brazil-born defender who was only granted Russian Federation citizenship by president Vladimir Putin two years ago, to keep Russia's hopes alive in a dramatic finish.

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

A second person in the same video, Ognjen Vukojevic, a recently-retired Croatian global who played in Kiev, and now works as a scout for the national team, underlines the message by adding "This victory is for Dynamo Kiev and for Ukraine".

Russian Federation punished them when Cheryshev came in from the left and, after a one-two with Artem Dzyuba, skipped away from Modric and curled an exquisite 31st-minute effort beyond Subasic, who remained rooted to the spot as the ball sailed into his net.

They still managed to take the lead with Domagoj Vida's header but a towering header from Brazil-born defender Mario Fernandes force the game into penalties. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic went into extra time with an apparent right leg injury he picked up in the 89thminute.

Injuries have become a concern for Croatia.

His shoot-out miss proved pivotal, however, especially after Smolov's weak attempt at a chipped penalty was saved by Subasic.

While tears filled the eyes of Russian supporters and players who had hoped to continue their unexpected successes throughout the remainder of the World Cup, Croatia justifiably celebrated at the end of a hard won victory on penalties.

"Political, nationalist and racist slogans are not welcome at the World Cup".

While Croatia's Marcelo Brozovic, Luka Modric, Domagoj Vida and Ivan Rakitic were on target in the tiebreaker, Mateo Kovacic failed to convert.

"Thank you for the honest, genuine emotions you gave us thoughout the World Cup", they wrote. The second half went goalless and the match went into extra-time.

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