Why Croatia may face Federation Internationale de Football Association sanctions after eliminating Russia

Yekaterina Shtukina  Russian government press service  TASS

"I am happy to speak Russian language, I enjoy Russian hospitality at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and I sincerely hope that this message will not be understood as anything else but an expression of gratitude to our friends in Ukraine for their support - not in the match against Russia, but during the entire World Cup".

England beat Croatia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

After Croatia won the penalty shootout she went to the team's changing rooms to give them hugs and congratulate the coach and players.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida escaped a Federation Internationale de Football Association ban on Sunday after posting a clip dedicating his country's victory over Russia in the World Cup quarter-final to Ukraine.

Vida alongside former Croatia worldwide Ognjen Vukojevic - with whom he played at Dynamo Kiev said "Glory to Ukraine".

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"Thank you for the honest, genuine emotions you gave us thoughout the World Cup", they wrote. Vida has just left Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv and Vukojevic also played for the club during his career.

The video shows Vida shouting "glory to Ukraine" before the retired ex-player Ognjen Vukojevic adds "this win is for Dynamo and Ukraine. go Croatia".

What aided Croatia further was that the Russian goalie became a bit unsighted when Vida headed the ball.

Joy quickly turned to anguish however as the defender completely missed the target, sending a low effort round the wrong side of the post and giving Croatia the advantage.

Russian Federation has claimed the territory since 2014, despite global condemnation.

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If he was to be suspended, Vida would be out of Wednesday's semi-final with England and a final if they got there.

Having slotted home the winning kick against Denmark in the last 16, Rakitic held his nerve to convert from the spot, with Mario Fernandes going from hero to villain by missing from 12 yards after his 115th-minute header had made it 2-2 deep into extra time.

In a statement to SunSport, the world governing body said: "FIFA is processing the different reports of the said match as well as potential evidence concerning the matter referred to".

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The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russian Federation.

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