Russian players find solace in thousands of WC fans

Iliya Pitalev via RT

Iliya Pitalev via RT

Not only is that now the best result of the 2018 World Cup for the Rupert Murdoch owned outlet in the early metrics but it is also the best any Men's match has done on any American network since the 2014 Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament's Germany winning final.

Neither of those overall performances, however, were worthy of potential World Cup winners, nor did they seem to do justice to the quality of Croatia's line-up, which is one of the most gifted in Russian Federation. Team Russia advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in its modern history after hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 and Egypt 3-1 and losing only to Uruguay 0-3 in the championship's group stage.

However, the team's unexpected run came to an end at the hands of Croatia but not before dragging the game to penalties on Saturday. Now that the home team is finally out, will its fans - who have filled most of the seats throughout the tournament - pick a favorite from the semifinalists, or go back to treating soccer with a shrug?

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", said Cherchesov. "Thank you for your support, I'm happy to see so many people here". From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading. While they have a case when it comes to political symbols and the like, this is merely a player remembering his friend who died.

"The mood in central Moscow tonight is: the Russian team has lost, long live the Russian team", he said.

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Actually, breaking the 2018 record established by Croatia's July 1 victory in penalties over Denmark, the Russian loss to the Luka Modric lead team scored a whooping 5.0/13 in metered market ratings.

After playing consecutive matches that stretched till shoot-outs, Croatia must recover quickly before facing England in the last-four stage. A lot of them sang Russian songs in the streets all night, waving Russian flags and sounding the horn.

The match had ended 2-2 after extra-time after Mario Fernandes' late equalizer for Sbornaya.

President Vladimir Putin has invited Cherchesov and his charges to the Kremlin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev commiserated with the players in the dressing room after the defeat.

"He watched, he was rooting for the team". It will be a battle again but I trust us. "It's good he's controlling games". What this insane Lionel Messi and Barcelona fan did not envision was that he would come close to touching distance of the big names of the handsome game. "We've already accomplished something big, but we want to achieve more", he told reporters. "Thank you a lot", said Artem Dzyuba.

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