Russia & Croatia Getting Ready For Quarter-Finals

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic makes a daring save with his feet during the Fifa World Cup shootout against Denmark

Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic makes a daring save with his feet during the Fifa World Cup shootout against Denmark

Russian Federation and Croatia face off Satuday, July 7 in the final quarterfinal match of the 2018 World Cup.

After automatically qualifying as host country and entering the tournament as the lowest-ranked side, Russian Federation reached the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in post-Soviet history after victories against Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

He called into the changing room after the game to greet the players.

'We can not choose our opponent, be they the hosts or somebody else.

A tweet from the bank's official account read: "If Russia reach the semi-finals, we'll release a new 1/2 ruble coin". This shouldn't be a problem for us, and ultimately we should not be hoping to have any excuses'.

The Russia vs Croatia quarter-final game will be played on July 7, Saturday at 11:30 pm India time.

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Following some superb attacking displays, comparisons with the 1998 team that midfielder Ivan Rakitic - who was born in Switzerland to parents who originally hailed from Croatia - remembers so well were inevitably made.

The hosts are underdogs against a Croatia side that beat Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland in the group stages before overcoming Denmark on penalties in the round of 16.

After hardly seeing the ball in the round of sixteen, Stanislav Cherchesov's side will be looking to play a slightly more expansive game at the Fischt stadium and will be cheered on by an expectant home crowd.

"A crucial match is ahead of us, I am sure both teams will perform well and show us a handsome game", Kondratyev was quoted as saying by his administration.

"That was a great success for Croatia as a nation, and we are on the right track to repeat that feat".

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