Croatian President wins hearts with celebration during win over Russian Federation

Alexander Demyanchuk  TASS

This is an opportunity to go one step further than Croatia reached at the 1998 World Cup, where a team managed by Miroslav Blazevic and including Slaven Bilic and Davor Suker reached the semi-final.

After extra time ended with the score level at 2-2, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was Croatia's penalty hero, denying Fedor Smolov before Mario Fernandes fired wide.

There were shouts of joy, hundreds of flares were lit and Croatian flags were waved as an estimated 15,000 fans celebrated the win for captain Luka Modric's side win in Zagreb's main square, where they had watched the match on a giant screen.

In the video, Vida shouts out "glory to Ukraine" alongside former Croatia global Ognjen Vukojevic.

Vida and Vukojevic played together at Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv.

"It was definitely no political message, but a simple thank you for all the support from Ukraine, where Vukojevic and I spent a number of years".

The video has been deemed by many as deeply insensitive, due to the historic political tensions between the nations of Russian Federation and Ukraine, but the Sun report that Vida will face no action from FIFA.

"FIFA is investigating various reports after the game, as well as potential evidence".

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"Please understand, until we have evaluated all information available, we can not comment further".

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association ethics code, the disciplinary code prohibits "political slogans in any form" with "anyone who provokes the general public during a match" facing a two-match ban.

Vida later brushed it off as a 'joke'.

"It will be hard", defender Dejan Lovren said. "We were supporting the team so much", one Russian fan told Al Jazeera after the quarter-final.

"I love Russian people", Vida was quoted as saying.

Jesus, Football might actually be Coming Home.

These hard-fought victories show Croatia's grit and determination which should come in handy as they face another tough battle against the Englishmen. But a freaky performance from Spain gave Russian Federation a chance, one they grabbed with both hands during the penalty shootout.

Eleven host cities, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara, were selected to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup.

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