Or if they can't get past the home team, they will be the latest Croatia team to fall short.
As the game went to extra time, and then penalties, the beers kept flowing and Mandzukic's bar tab sailed past 3000 pounds ($5325), according to Croatian news site 24Sata who said the 32-year-old outlaid 25,000 kuna toward the bill.
Team manager Stanislav Cherchesov, who guided his team into the quarter-finals, expressed his gratitude to Russian supporters and promised to deliver an even better performance at the 2020 World Cup in Qatar.
The victor in Wednesday's semifinal match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will return there for a final on Sunday against France, which beat Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
The 2002 and 2006 tournaments were particularly frustrating because a win in the final group games would have advanced Croatia to the knockout round.
SAMARA, Russia (AP) - England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup.
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Of the starting XI against Russian Federation , only Marco Asensio will be under 30 when the next World Cup comes around. The 48-year-old signed a two-year contract just a day after interim boss Fernando Hierro left his post.
"No other team in the world has fans like we do". "For my part I have three Tottenham teammates", Lloris said.
Russia national soccer team players react at the end of the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. "We made ourselves happy but we also made everybody back home in Croatia happy".
NAIJ.com previously reported that Croatia progressed into Russian Federation 2018 semifinals after beating Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties.
The emotions were such that Dalic broke down in tears on the sideline after Rakitic's winning penalty.
Zlatko Dalic's Croatia were vulnerable defensively too.
Denis Cheryshev, who scored his fourth goal of the tournament when he gave Russian Federation the lead with a rasping left-footer from the edge of the box in the 31st minute, said the players left their all on the field.
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"How far can we go?"
"I'm not thinking about it, only about my national team succeeding", he said. The pair previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev.
Their quarter-final exit on penalties to Croatia, among the most skilled teams here, on Saturday was further proof that Russian Federation never meant to just playing along. That leaves him free to play against England.
Midfielder Denis Cheryshev dedicated his four goals - tied for second-most in the tournament behind England forward Harry Kane's six - to "the whole country". I am playing at the World Cup. That's something only Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) have done.
With every player set to be at his disposal, it remains to be seen if Southgate sticks with the same line-up that started against both Colombia and Sweden to reach the last four.
"So to be here, to be a part of it, leading this team out, I'm so proud". "Individual awards are not important for me frankly".
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Fans celebrated the victory all over France, with fireworks and flares lighting up the sky above Paris and Marseille. It brings back a lot of good memories. "Their generation are more than heroes for us", added Rakitic. "We don't have any chances to win this Cup and of course we are sad. We have to savor it".