Russian football manager Stanislav Cherchesov has promised an even better performance at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. 7 and 3, respectively, in the FIFA World Cup rankings.
Roberto Martinez celebrates Belgium;s quarter-final win over Brazil.
Kevin De Bruyne was given a more advanced role and he hurt the Selecao time and time again, but Martinez can not spring the same surprise although he may get some inside knowledge from assistant Thierry Henry, France's record goalscorer.
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was a shootout hero for a second consecutive match after persevering through an apparent hamstring injury he picked up in the second half.
The players were visibly frustrated following the painful loss, but rose to the occasion to thank the 50,000-strong crowd at Fisht Stadium in Sochi, who fiercely supported them during the match.
Belgium has scored 14 goals in five matches and was hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions. The team was ridiculed on social media by their own fans as the host nation readied themselves to be embarrased by their team.
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France have always been a footballing stronghold but as we have seen in this World Cup , reputation precedes determination. "Maybe he's going to sing La Marseillaise, but he's with us now and doing a great job".
"I feel pleasure and peace because I'm finishing on a high note by playing at the World Cup, in a quarterfinal with an excellent team and an excellent coach", he said in a video statement released by the Russian team.
"We know them well. I left them all out there", he said with difficulty. "There will be a lot of great players on the pitch". "We have succeeded I believe, but it is time to take a step forward". "It's just a continuation of a great season that he had at Barcelona", he said.
England will take on Sweden in Samara at 3pm on Saturday, July 7 followed by Russian Federation vs Croatia in Sochi at 7pm.
Despite the pre-World Cup barbs and snipes regarding Russia's quality and the politically-charged commentary related to the hosts, they bowed out in style, having exceeded expectations and injected the tournament with a healthy dose of enthusiasm.
This hasn't come about by fluke.
Kane carries England's hopes of glory as the Three Lions hunt their first World Cup crown since 1966, when they claimed the trophy on home soil.
"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard". They've had eight different scorers already in this tournament, which is their best ever tally.