Croatian president flies economy class to Russian Federation to cheer World Cup team

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

Croatia will now head to Moscow where they take on England in the second semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2018, to be played on Wednesday, July 11.

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic could alternatively opt for experience and move Domagoj Vida to the right side while bringing Vedran Corluka into central defence. But he is already experimenting with different options.

"We took a hard route and we were unlucky, particularly in previous tournaments, especially the Euros".

"It's not the same if you play two 90-minute games, but I believe we have had ample time to recover, and we are professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said.

The Russian tactician added that he had told Putin that the team was disappointed after the heartbreaking loss but that the 65-year-old leader asked them to get over it and focus on the future.

"I was concentrated throughout the match, but after Rakitic's penalty the emotion came bursting out of me".

Russia's unlikely World Cup run captured the imagination of the nation, with celebrations the length and breadth of the country after each of the team's wins in the tournament.

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"You would never have said, "He is going to be an worldwide player", you would never have said, "He's going to be a Tottenham first-team player", but to his credit, he worked tirelessly at every aspect of his game".

"We will enjoy this victory but then we will prepare". But we have top centre-backs. Now that the home team is finally out, will its fans - who have filled most of the seats throughout the tournament - pick a favorite from the semifinalists, or go back to treating soccer with a shrug? "The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".

It is said that Zvonimir Boban's karate kick launched the Croatian war of independence.

"I do not think about the Golden Ball".

Just four teams remain, all of them from Europe: Belgium, France, Croatia, and England.

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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