Putin to Attend 2018 World Cup Final

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France faces Belgium on Tuesday for a place in Sunday's World Cup final while England take on Croatia in the other semi-final on Wednesday.

Defender Mario Fernandes, who had brought his side level through a header in the 115th minute, missed what proved to be the decisive spot-kick, with Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic making no mistake to send his team into the semi-finals.

"I left everything on the field and unfortunately we were unlucky", Russian Federation midfielder Roman Zobnin said. Artem Dzyuba in this match to be different did not, but was one of the most active players.

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.

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"It'd be fantastic if the Sbornaya organised a tour of Russian cities and met the fans all over the country", said Anton Voronin from Krasnodar, who was at the historic match against Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Round of 16.

But victory was Croatia's, and it means they emulate their great side of 1998, who were beaten in the semi-finals by eventual winners France 20 years ago. We were unlucky at previous tournaments but now we are collecting those debts this year, ' said Modric after Saturday's win over Russian Federation in Sochi.

"They have a very serious national team".

The 29-year-old Besiktas center-back headed Croatia in front in extra time after Denis Cheryshev netted his fourth goal of the tournament to put Russian Federation 1-0 ahead Andrej Kramaric equalised, only for Mario Fernandes to dramatically send the game to penalties.

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"1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 "Fiery Ones" can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018", the former Real Madrid player said. "Let's not be happy with what we have achieved and go ahead". "All the fears that some were trying to put on us with regards to this World Cup, well not only they were not true but it's actually the opposite".

"To beat them, we'll have to make our own luck ... we'll have to be ready to suffer".

Subasic's four shootout saves are tied with Harald Schumacher of West Germany and Sergio Goygochea of Argentina for the most in a single World Cup.

"I believe that the keyword is how we leave - it's better to leave when you feel pride", Cherchesov told reporters.

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