Russian Federation loses to Croatia, and Twitter users Putin their best jokes

Grigory Dukor  Reuters

Grigory Dukor Reuters

Ivan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable campaign of a team ranked 70th in the world.

When is the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russian Federation vs Croatia Quarter-Final match? Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev thanked the team on his Facebook account. Their first tough competition came against Denmark, as the teams headed to penalties to decide the victor.

The victor of this game will face England in the semi-final on Wednesday.

Denis Cheryshev and Andrej Kramaric struck for either side during 90 minutes.

The Croats won all three games to top Group D ahead of second-placed Argentina and then edged Denmark in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic went into extra time with an apparent right leg injury he picked up in the 89thminute. "We gave everything we could".

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"I remember in Moehlin in Switzerland, my home town, we were all insane, we rooted, we wanted to show our Swiss neighbours how powerful a football nation we are", Rakitic, who had dual citizenship but opted to play for Croatia, recalled.

His hero status, however, lasted all of 20 minutes as he missed a decisive penalty in the shootout, allowing Ivan Rakitic to step up and slot home the victor.

Russian Federation has been basking in the spotlight this World Cup, playing to the roaring crowds at home and winning games. The defending champions at the time defeated Yugoslavia in the quarterfinals and Italy in the semifinals that year, which also made Italy the last host nation to lose on penalties before Saturday. "We were lucky. I was concentrating throughout the match, but after that penalty it came bursting out of me".

"One of the most important tasks for our team is to contain Modric, because he is a leading player in the Croatian team".

Modric has been the star for Zlatko Dalic's men with two goals in the World Cup and crucially, at least for the purposes of this bet, is his country's penalty taker.