Croatian President wins hearts with celebration during win over Russian Federation

09 July, 2018, 09:43 | Author: Amy Huff
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The momentum then appeared to be with the host nation, as penalties beckoned and Croatia looked uncertain.

In the video, which has been widely circulated on social media, Vida shouts "Glory to Ukraine" in Ukrainian and Vukojevic says "this victory is for Dynamo and for Ukraine" in Croatian.

The Russians, riding a wave of euphoria after unexpectedly knocking out Spain in the previous round, were determined to carry on to a first World Cup semi-final since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Rakitic stepped up to score the winning kick and earn his country a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1998.

Vukojević and Vida's reaction saw a brutal reaction from Russian media who considered it political provocation. The phrase has become a slogan for Ukrainian anti-Russian nationalists following Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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.

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"Throughout my career, I have had team mates from many countries and I respect them all, and just as I have many friends in Ukraine, I have a number of them in Russian Federation - and I am proud of all of them".

In a statement to SunSport, the world governing body said: "FIFA is processing the different reports of the said match as well as potential evidence concerning the matter referred to". "Until we have evaluated all information available, we can not comment further".

It read: "Croatian Football Federation would like to emphasise that the aforementioned messages were merely a response to numerous messages of support received from Ukraine during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, considering the deep impact Vida and Vukojević had in Ukraine when playing for powerhouse Dynamo Kyiv".

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

The pope, an Argentine and an avid soccer fan, noted a preponderance of Brazilian flags on display in St. Peter's Square during his traditional Sunday blessing. "There'll be a next time".

Francis often meets with visiting national soccer teams, has a collection of gifted jerseys and frequently promotes the value of sports particularly for young people.

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