How to Watch Russia vs. Croatia

Elena Summers
July 9, 2018

Croatia's defender Domagoj Vida (down, 2ndL) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Russian Federation and Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on July 7, 2018.

Croatia won 4-3 on penalties to set-up a semi-final meeting with England.

When asked about the video, soccer's global governing body says it "is processing the different reports of the said match as well as potential evidence concerning the matter referred to in your message".

In the aftermath of the video Vida attempted to downplay the political nature of the clip telling sports.ru: "This victory is for Croatia".


It read: "Croatian Football Federation would like to emphasise that the aforementioned messages were merely a response to numerous messages of support received from Ukraine during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, considering the deep impact Vida and Vukojević had in Ukraine when playing for powerhouse Dynamo Kyiv". "Until we have evaluated all information available, we can not comment further".

Asked what it would mean to defeat England, Dalic said: "It's already a great achievement for us to be in the last four because some big teams are already swimming on their vacation - Argentina, Brazil, Germany and so on". This was just a joke for my Ukrainian friends. "I put on a shirt with national symbols, whereas the dress code in the VIP zone, which usually presupposes long gowns, wouldn't have permitted such an outfit", the Russian website Sportbox quoted her as saying. Sadly, hours later, Vida said yes to racism by shouting a hateful slogan that is typically directed against Russians while it is also directed with scorn against socialists, Jews, Roma and other minorities in present day Ukrainian territory.

Jesus, Football might actually be Coming Home. Have the IKEA Ultras gone too far?

And it remains to be seen how quickly Croatia - whose President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was watching from the stands in her country's colours - can recover from this draining night, having also been taken to extra time and penalties by Denmark in the last round. Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna.

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