Hosts Russia disappointed but exit World Cup stage with pride

Ruben Hill
July 10, 2018

Looking ahead to the England match, the coach said: "We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game". Even before extra time arrived, Subasic had to block a shot from Smolov from a tight angle late in second-half stoppage time. "He said that we should keep our eyes open and take the next steps".

Dalic has no major injury or suspension problems heading into the game, yet goalkeeper Danijel Subasic is a doubt after picking up a hamstring strain in the win over Russian Federation.

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. But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout. "Thank God everything is fine with him".

Cherchesov said Russian President Vladimir Putin had called him before the match and after.

Russia's unexpected World Cup run ended on penalties after a thrilling quarter-final against Croatia on Saturday, and the hosts left the stage having earned the admiration of fans both home and overseas for their indomitable spirit. "This is like in Alcoholics Anonymous, when you come in and say: "I am so and so and I have a problem", the 46-year-old added.

Dalic's side now face England, who comfortably beat Sweden 2-0 earlier in the day, in their semifinal on Wednesday in Moscow. 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. "We have two matches to play, we are very motivated, we will give our all", Dalic said, adding that the competition is wide open.

"There are no favourites at this World Cup, every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out".

Tuesday's clash in St Petersburg has all the makings of a classic, with fans and viewers likely to be treated to the sight of two wonderfully attacking teams going toe-to-toe. "The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".

"We enjoy playing against big teams as we showed against Argentina", insisted defender Dejan Lovren. Pulling in a 4.1/12 in metered market ratings, the almost three decades in the desiring move to the semi-finals for England rose 11% from what the Argentina v. Belgium game got in 2014.

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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