Croatia explodes with joy as team reaches World Cup semis

Croatia explodes with joy as team reaches World Cup semis

"We can confirm that FIFA's disciplinary committee has sent a warning to the player Domagoj Vida due to his video statement following the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Russian Federation and Croatia", FIFA, the sport's global governing body, said Sunday.

More than 24,000 fans attended a meeting with the national football team in Moscow to thank the players for their historic World Cup performance, which saw them progress to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

TRT World's Lance Santos reports from Sochi. - Only one of the last six World Cup matches to go to extra-time has not gone to penalties - the 2014 final between Germany and Argentina.

Team Russia coached by Stanislav Cherchesov lost to Croatia in the quarter-final match at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on Saturday night.

They started off well by winning the first two group stage games to secure their spot in the round-of-16 before losing 1-0 to Belgium in their last group stage clash. By the time the Croatian keeper turned his head, the ball was already in the back of the net.

But Croatia came into this game as the favourites.

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.

They dominated the match, but Russian Federation contributed to another fantastic occasion in what has been an outstanding World Cup.

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It was far from smooth sailing when France won their only World Cup in 1998.

Denis Cheryshev struck a stunning opener from a distance to give the hosts the lead in the 31st minute but Croatia equalised through Andrej Kramaric just eight minutes later.

The Villarreal left winger launched a 25-yard shot that nestled into the top-left corner.

There's no way they couldn't be after ousting Denmark on penalties in the round of 16, then being forced to extra time again by host Russian Federation on Saturday night.

Vida removed his shirt as he ran away in celebration, possibly thinking Croatia were heading through.

His shoot-out miss proved pivotal, however, especially after Smolov's weak attempt at a chipped penalty was saved by Subasic.

Croatia wouldn't trade its second straight shootout win, but four hours of soccer in six days have left the Croats banged-up.

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