There was more drama yesterday when Federation Internationale de Football Association announced that it was investigating Vida after he had posting a clip dedicating the victory to Ukraine.

The slogan was part of the former Soviet republic's pro-EU revolution that toppled a Russian-backed president in 2014 and the video angered Russian officials, who urged Federation Internationale de Football Association to take the toughest measures possible against the Balkan country.

"Our goals are higher", defender Domagoj Vida said.

"The World Cup was a strong motivation of me".


Croatia's adjustment from their win against Denmark, also on penalties, was former Leicester striker Kramaric replacing Marcelo Brozovic.

"I'm wondering, 'Where are the European fans?'" Al Khater said.

"And certainly sooner or later, we will wait for some sort of rational explanations or arguments over the recent situation in Salisbury and the situation that followed", he added, referring to two cases of nerve agent poisonings in southwest England.

"I hope we can outdo them".

It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals.

There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war.


With every player set to be at his disposal, it remains to be seen if Southgate sticks with the same line-up that started against both Colombia and Sweden to reach the last four.

The current squad of stars such as Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic will be held in the same esteem as the stars of '98 such as Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban and Slaven Bilic with one more victory.

"He doesn't play soccer himself, but naturally like the overwhelming majority of Russians he is a fan".

Even Russian President Vladimir Putin was taken in by the host nation's surprising run, at least according to Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

"We felt your support from the first second".


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