Three Lions were 'lucky' against Colombia, says Croatia legend Davor Suker

Alexander Demyanchuk  TASS

Alexander Demyanchuk TASS

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how England's Three Lions defeated Sweden 2-0 margin courtesy of two headed goals from Harry Maguire's 30th minute and Dele Alli's 59th minute during Saturday's quarterfinal fixture to book passage into the semifinals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Russia's unexpectedly strong performance in World Cup 2018 has won over a new generation of fans despite the team's exit at the quarter-final stage.

Neither team could be separated after extra time, which ended 2-2 following an absorbing and exhausting battle at Fisht Stadium. That is the only real question, but Belgium can reach their first World Cup final. Tottenham star Harry Winks has already matched Luka Modric twice.

There's an argument to be made that all four World Cup semifinalists are playing with house money. As for Croatia, they dare to dream.

After a lively opening, the game dropped off, with sessions of head tennis in midfield, but it was Russia's more rustic approach which paid off first as they went ahead out of the blue.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida escaped a Federation Internationale de Football Association ban on Sunday after posting a clip dedicating his country's victory over Russia in the quarter-finals to Ukraine.

Denis Cheryshev's wonder strike in Russia's 2-2 draw against Croatia was the only opening goal in the quarters not to come from a set play, although Croatia's Domagoj Vida later struck from a corner in extra time and Mario Fernandes headed in a free kick to force a shootout in which Croatia triumphed. "Only Russian people have such a soul that has no equals in the whole world". This was just a joke for my Ukrainian friends. The phrase has become a slogan for Ukrainian anti-Russian nationalists following Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.




The revolt was condemned as illegal by Moscow and sparked a crisis in relations between the two neighbouring states.

Zlatko Dalic's men have only worn their famous red and white checkered shirt once in their five games, during their opening match against Nigeria.

Give me the World Cup.

Russia's players and coach addressed a crowd of their newfound fans Sunday in Moscow, a day after getting eliminated by Croatia in a shootout.

Perhaps for the first time this tournament the absence of Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks will be felt.

"Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, our prime minister was in changing room but I didn't have time to talk to him", Cherchesov told the media on Saturday.

The team earned praise for their surprising show as they overcame former champions Spain in a round of 16 clash to enter quarterfinals before bowing out.

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