Federation Internationale de Football Association warns Croatia's Vida over ‘glory to Ukraine’ video

Federation Internationale de Football Association warns Croatia's Vida over ‘glory to Ukraine’ video

Having slotted home the winning kick against Denmark in the last 16, Rakitic held his nerve to convert from the spot, with Mario Fernandes going from hero to villain by missing from 12 yards after his 115th-minute header had made it 2-2 deep into extra time.

After finishing at 2-2 at the end of regulation time, Croatia and Russian Federation headed into the penalty shoot-out to decide the victor which will face England in the semi-final next Wednesday.

Of course, this was not the first time that this year's world cup has become politicised.

CROATIA have a creative edge, with England lacking playmakers of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic's calibre.

Kramarić is Croatia's seventh different player to score a goal for the side in the 2018 World Cup.

An unlikely semifinal at the start of the tournament, Croatia and England now both stand on the verge of the World Cup final after negotiating a favourable route to reach this stage of the competition. Even before extra time arrived, Subasic had to block a shot from Smolov from a tight angle late in second-half stoppage time.

"I came up to him and tried to cheer him up. I felt really relieved", Dalic said. "But thank God we've shown our character". "I'm disappointed, because we were one step away from the semifinal".

So far, England have played games in Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Moscow's Spartak Stadium and Samara. "The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".

But Belgium were so hot against Brazil, when Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku were outstanding, they go into this game against their big brother neighbour as favourites.

Vida's provocation is all the more surreal given that prior to the match, Croatian players including Vida were filmed in front of a large banner upon which were written the words "say no to racism".

"I regret that some media representatives have interpreted our communication in such a manner", Vida said in a statement released by the Croatian Football Federation.

"Thank you for the honest, genuine emotions you gave us thoughout the World Cup", they wrote.

Our experts nailed the quarterfinal picks, getting all four results correct as Belgium stunned Brazil, France dispatched Uruguay, England were too good for Sweden and Croatia edged Russian Federation.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.