But shortly after the victory, a current and former Croatian footballer filmed a selfie video in which current start Domagoj Vida shouted a slogan that is deeply offensive to Russians and anti-fascists throughout the wider world. "They were dying on the pitch, we are proud with them", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov is quoted as saying by Interfax.
- Croatia are just the second side to progress on a penalty shootout in consecutive knockout games in a World Cup tournament after Argentina in 1990.
The centre-back, who put his side 2-1 ahead before Russian Federation equalised to take the game to penalties, posted a video of himself dedicating Croatia's victory to the country of Ukraine.
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In the aftermath of the video Vida attempted to downplay the political nature of the clip telling sports.ru: "This victory is for Croatia".
"We can confirm that Fifa's disciplinary committee has sent a warning to the player Domagoj Vida due to his video statement following the 2018 Fifa World Cup match between Russian Federation and Croatia", football's world governing body said Monday (NZT). Football is outside politics. "I've got friends there since I joined Dynamo Kyiv, I didn't mean anything else". The phrase has become a slogan for Ukrainian anti-Russian nationalists following Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Vida was also shown a yellow card for taking his shirt off after scoring the goal.
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Vukojevic was appointed past year as a scout for Dynamo after a lengthy playing career which included being part of the Croatian squad for the 2014 World Cup.
The players and head coach Stanislav Cherchesov have been invited by Putin to "to sum up the results of the championship and discuss Russia's World Cup heritage", Peskov told Russian news agency TASS on Sunday. During an earlier match between Switzerland and Serbia, several ethnic Albanian players on the Swiss team flashed a provocative hand signal created to inflame tensions between Serbs and Albanians.
Croatia will now face England for a place in the final of the World Cup, with the victors set to play Belgium or France.
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England beat Croatia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in 2009.