Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Jesus Walton

Ghanaians react to Russia's shootout defeat to Croatia

Ghanaians react to Russia's shootout defeat to Croatia

"Political, nationalist and racist slogans are not welcome at the World Cup".

Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from the Russian capital Moscow after the team's loss to Croatia, said, "While the team went into this competition something of a national joke, no one was laughing at them now".

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", said Cherchesov. However, it was only on the last strike - from Ivan Rakitic - that sealed the qualification for the Croatian team. I asked him and he said he was OK, it did not affect him much.

Vida was quoted by the Russian newspaper Sport Express as saying that the video was meant to be a personal message.

Incredibly, this fairytale run comes 20 years on from their memorable first World Cup campaign, when Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and co. finished third at the 1998 tournament in France. We have two matches to play and we are very motivated.

The decisive penalty once again fell to Rakitic, though, and he confidently rolled the ball into the bottom-left corner to keep Croatia's dreams of a first World Cup final alive. We have all of the requisites for that - we have a great team, backroom staff, coach, and I hope we will be able to make that extra step to reach the final'.

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Croatia players celebrate winning the penalty shootout.

"This looks like a nation with a newfound sense of footballing confidence - and expectations for the future", said Challands.

"He watched, he was rooting for the team. We were together. You were the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th player", he said and promised that the team would demonstrate better results at the next World Cup in Qatar, although it would be hard without such support.

England boss Gareth Southgate added: "Hendo was feeling tightness in his hamstring, which was why we made the change". Seated beside FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev in the VIP section, she was seen raising her hands and doing a little victory dance to celebrated Croatia's second goal.

As the second half got underway Croatian striker Kramarić went for the overhead kick - it was no Ronaldo performance - especially seeing as it went straight to Russian keeper, Igor Akinfeev. We all knew what was next.

Russian Federation is holding its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14.

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