Their ranking of 70 in the world was the lowest among all teams in Russian Federation, even lower than worldwide football minnows Saudi Arabia.
"It gives you goosebumps to see how happy they are and we want to keep on improving as a team and give them more moments like this". "So it's a case of giving all we have and go further than we ever have before".
He said all the major supermarkets were shutting in Croatia for the match and the whole country would be watching. But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout.
He said: "When I walk in the street, wait on the platform for a train going to work or go shopping I have young lads asking for photos or telling me how much I look like Harry Kane. Thank God everything is fine with him".
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Zlatko Dalic has made Croatia a hard team to beat and with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic pulling the strings they are very strong in midfield. England should certainly be fresher, given they weren't unduly tested by Sweden, and they've lost just two of their last 30 competitive matches to be level at half-time while winning half.
"We came to support our team as we do not think they lost", said Kristina Ladygina, waiting at the Federation Internationale de Football Association "fan fest" zone for the players to appear.
"There are no favourites at this World Cup, every game is 50-50 and you have to fight it out". The big guys were sent home and the working teams stayed. "The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".
Vida later said he was joking and "the victory is for Croatia, no politics". I told him that we're disappointed. By the time they get back to Moscow again, France will have racked up 1,300 miles (about 2,100 kilometers) and Belgium will have gone 1,700 miles (about 2,700 kilometers) in about five days.