MOSCOW – The last Saturday in the World Cup (all locations):
Vladimir Putin's spokesman says the Russian president considers the national football team heroes despite his defeat to Croatia in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
Putin "looked sad, our team lost in an honest and beautiful game, but for us they are good partners, heroes," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
"They died in the field," he said. "We are proud of them."
The quarterfinals were tied 1-1 after regulation and 2-2 after extra time before Croatia won 4-3 on a penalty shootout.
Russian team coach Stanislav Cherchesov says that Putin called before and after the game to reunite the squad.
Cherchesov says: "He congratulated us on a very good game, he said that what we showed on the field was great."
Croatia defeated host Russia 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out to advance to a World Cup semifinal against England.  The quarterfinals in Sochi were tied 1-1 after the regulation and 2-2 after overtime, forcing both Croatia and host Russia to a shoot-out for the second consecutive game.
Ivan Rakitic scored the winning goal as Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev dived in the opposite direction. Akinfeev made to save during the shooting and almost had another in Luka Modric, but the shot was deflected from the hand of Akinfeev, out of the post and into the net.
Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic made a save in the shooting, blocking the attempt of Fedor Smolov. He also saw Mario Fernandes shoot missed the left arch in the third round.
Fernandes had been a hero to Russia before when his header in the 115th minute equalized and sent the game to penalties after Domagoj Vida's goal in the 101st had given Croatia a 2-1 lead.
Croatia is the first team to win consecutive penalties from Argentina in 1990 and it is the first time that the host country lost in a shootout from Italy in the same year.
Croatia is in the semifinals of the World Cup for the second time and the first since 1998. The Croats lost to France in the semi-finals 20 years ago.
Russia and Croatia are level 2-2 after extra time and will face penalties in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
Russia tied at 115 minutes when Mario Fernandes headed a free kick just outside the box after a handball was called against Croatian Josip Pivaric. Alan Dzagoev connected the free kick to the goal and Fernandes had no mark.
Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, who had already been affected by a leg injury, could not do anything but watch the net.
Domagoj Vida gave the advantage to Croatia from a corner kick in the 101st minute.
The teams were tied 1-1 after regulation time.
It is the second consecutive game for both teams that has gone to a penalty shoot-out. Russia beat Spain 4-3 and Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties in the last 16.
Domagoj Vida has given injured Croatia a 2-1 advantage in extra time with a header in a corner kick in the quarterfinals of the World Cup against Russia.
Vida went unmarked in the middle of the area and his header bounced in traffic and sneaked into the net to give the Croats the 101st minute advantage.
Injuries have become a concern for Croatia. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic went into overtime with an apparent right leg injury that he picked up in the 89th minute. And defender Sime Vrsaljko has been replaced in extra time after getting off the action and aiming at his left knee. He was replaced by Vedran Corluka, the fourth substitution of the team, which means that Croatia can not sub Subasic if the match goes to penalties.
Russia and Croatia are going to the postseason tied 1-1 after a second half without goals in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
The Croatians have a big concern about goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, who fell in the 89th minute by grabbing the back of his right leg after sliding to prevent him from getting sidetracked. He was in immediate distress and received treatment for several minutes.
The injury occurred moments after Croatia used its final substitution in regulation time. Subasic remained in the game and made a reaction to avoid the firing of Fedor Smolov during the injury time.
It is the second consecutive game for both teams to go to overtime. Each won their round of 16 penalties, with Russia defeating Spain and Croatia over Denmark.
Russia took the lead with Denis Cheryshev's goal in the 31st minute, only to see Croatia answer in the 39th minute when Andrej Kramaric's header beat Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.
In the second half, mostly lackluster, Croatia dominated the possession but failed to convert their chances of goal. The best scoring opportunity for both teams came in the 60th minute when Ivan Perisic's shot to an open net hit the inside of the far post, but instead of getting sidetracked, it rolled along the goal line and stayed out of bounds. network.
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Russia has taken a 1-0 lead over Croatia's favorite in a stunning strike by Denis Cheryshev in the 31st minute, only to see Croatia come back to equalize and leave things tied in half
A first half of the teams that mostly pbaded the tests with caution gave a jolt of energy when Cheryshev completed a one-two with Artem Dzyuba just outside the box. Cheryshev eluded Luke Modric and hit a left-footed shot that landed in the top corner of the net and left Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic motionless.
Russia's advantage did not last long, as Croatia equalized in the 39th minute when Mario Mandzukic ran freely down the left flank and had time to choose Andrej Kramaric to cross the area. Kramaric, who was inserted into the lineup to add more to the Croatia attack, was able to get his head into the pbad and send it past Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev to shoot even at 1-1.
The winner of the match in Sochi will play England in the semifinals.
The Qatari organizers of the 2022 World Cup say they are open to talks about a 48-team tournament, and can see a format to house it alone.
The desire of FIFA president Gianni Infantino to add 16 additional teams in 2022 was seen as pushing Qatar to allow neighboring states a co-sponsorship plan.
In Moscow last month, pressure on Qatar diminished when Infantino presided over The FIFA Council agreed that the consent of the host nation was a "precondition" for the change.
A senior Qatari official said Saturday that a 48-team tournament could be organized using only the eight stadiums in and around Doha.
Nbader Al Khater, the badistant general secretary for tournament affairs, told reporters: "Yes, it is feasible, if the format is done well, it could really be an exciting edition."
One option stands out: a tie-breaker round involving 32 nations that would send 16 winners to join 16 teams planted in a traditional group phase.  ___
FIFA says that almost 2,000 seats were empty in Samara for England's 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
The crowd of 39,991 did not reach the capacity of 41,970 and organizers are saying that the main reason was unsold tickets.
FIFA notes that fans in England and Sweden bought fewer tickets that guarantee seats in each of their team's games in Russia.
Fans from Germany and Colombia ranked third and fourth in the FIFA table of international ticket sales, and both teams had a potential route through the tournament to play in Samara on Saturday.
Fans with tickets for games that no longer involve their team can offer them for resale through FIFA.
Croatia has made a change in their lineup for the World Cup quarter-final against Russia, bringing forward Andrej Kramaric to replace midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.
Kramaric has appeared in all matches so far for the Croatians in Russia. He continued late in the timeout against Denmark and scored one of the penalties as Croatia won in a round of 16 shooting.
Croatia continues with a defensive line of four men, but the addition of Kramaric for the more defensive Brozovic shows that the Croats believe they need the offensive blow against a Russian defense that blocked Spain.
Croatian team: Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Strinic, Ivan Perisic, Dejan Lovren, Ivan Rakitic, Andrej Kramaric, Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Ante Rebic, Domagoj Vida, Danijel Subasic.
Russia returned to a defensive line of four men for the World Cup quarter-final against Croatia in the only lineup change for coach Stanislav Cherchesov.
The injured left back Yuri Zhirkov is the only missing player in the lineup who beat Spain on penalties in the round of 16. In his place comes the winger Denis Cheryshev, who scored the decisive penalty against Spain in the shooting .
That means Fyodor Kudryashov moves to the left side of a four-man defense along with Mario Fernandes, Sergei Ignashevich and Ilya Kutepov.
Tall striker Artyom Dzyuba remains Russia's main threat with the support of Cheryshev and Alexander Golovin.
Midfielder Alan Dzagoev has not returned to the lineup, saying he has returned to normal after injuring himself in a 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.
Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Cheryshev, Daler Kuzyaev, Roman Zobnin, Fyodor Kudryashov, Alexander Golovin, Alexander Samedov, Artyom Dzyuba.
Game, set and match of England. Enthusiasts climbed around the turf when the news leaked to Wimbledon that Dele Alli had given England a 2-0 lead over Sweden in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
The ushers let the fans of court 18 enter and leave for a moment for a triumphant hug, while the song of England "returns home" echoed, politely, around.
The World Cup was not screened for spectators at the All England Club while the Grand Slam tennis tournament was in progress, but updates were broadcast by fans watching or listening to the game on their cell phones.
There were no such problems for tennis players. Liam Broady tweeted from the Wimbledon Players & Lounge to show that soccer had taken priority on the screens there.
Among the spectators of the central court who did not go to see football was the English football legend Bobby Charlton. A guest at the Caja Real, the winner of the 1966 World Cup, resisted the temptation to vacate his seat.
England won 2-0 to return to the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990, and another victory there will put the Englishman in the final for the first time since winning the title in & # 39; 66.
Neymar says the elimination of the Brazil World Cup in Russia is the saddest moment of his career and it will be difficult to return to playing football again.
The 26-year-old Brazilian forward has posted a message on Instagram, a day after Brazil's 2-1 loss to Belgium in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Kazan.
He says he's in "a lot of pain" because the team knew he could go further in the tournament and "make history."
Neymar says "it's hard to find the strength to want to play soccer again, but I'm sure God will give me enough strength to face anything."
Brazil won the last of its five World Cup titles in 2002.  Neymar finished his message by saying that the Brazilian team's dream of a sixth title was interrupted, but still alive in their "minds and hearts" "
England have reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990 by beating Sweden 2-0 with top goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli.
The English scored their eighth set-piece goal this tournament when Maguire went higher to pitch at the corner of Ashley Young in the 30th minute.
Alli added a second to meet Jesse Lingard's cross with a powerful header through the arms of goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
England will play against Croatia or the host nation Russia in the second semifinal match in Moscow on Wednesday, and is looking to reach its first final since winning the World Cup in 1966.
The Swedes played in the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1994.
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For the second goal, Jesse Lingard pbaded the ball to Alli unmarked, who nodded from close range.
It was the eleventh goal of England in Russia. , equaling the national record of 11 goals scored in the race to the World Cup title in 1966.
The winner in Samara will go to the semi-finals against the winner of Saturday's match between Russia and Croatia in Sochi.
Sweden reached the semifinals for the last time in 1994.
Sweden had their best chance two minutes into the second half with Marcus Berg's header, but English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kept him out of harm's way.
England leads Sweden 1-0 at halftime in the World Cup quarter-final against Sweden after Harry Maguire scored in the 30th minute.
Maguire's header in a corner bounced back before beating Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olson. It was Maguire's first international goal, and the tenth of the England tournament.
It is the only time apart from the decisive moments of his defeat for injury time against Germany in the group stage that Sweden has continued in the tournament.
England dominated possession with 59 percent in the first half, while Sweden adopted a more defensive approach.
The winner in Samara will enter a semifinal against the winner of Saturday's match between Russia and Croatia in Sochi.
England, which won its only World Cup in 1966, has not reached the semi-finals since 1990.
Sweden last reached the semifinals in 1994, but fell 1-0 to Brazil in Pasadena.
5:31 pm  England have risen 1-0 in their quarterfinal match against Sweden with a Harry Maguire bouncing header on a corner kick in the 30th minute at Samara.
Maguire beat Emil Forsberg to nod with Ashley Young between goalkeeper Robin Olson and Ol un Toivonen, who was guarding the message. It is Maguire's first international goal in his tenth game with England.
It's the only time that Sweden has followed in the tournament, apart from the last moments of their 2-1 loss in injury time against Germany. The winner will face Russia or Croatia in the semifinals.
Alex Ovechkin has brought the Stanley Cup to the World Cup.
The captain of the capitals of Washington has brought the NHL trophy to a Moscow fan zone where the World Cup games are screened. Ovechkin raised the cup above his head in front of a crowd of fans, who were allowed to take photos with the trophy.
Ovechkin said he wishes the Russian football team well in their quarterfinals with Croatia later on Saturday in Sochi. He says "the national team did a great job for the fans, everyone is so happy, miracles can happen, we are not far from the final, we need to fight, and our players understand, they will do everything they can".
Ovechkin won his first Stanley Cup championship a month ago in his 13th season in Washington.
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