Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Putin congratulates Russian Federation after World Cup exit

Putin congratulates Russian Federation after World Cup exit

The host nation lost 4-3 the penalty shootout, which followed the 2-2 draw in the regular and 30-minute overtime period.

"[Putin] watched, he was rooting for the team".

The headlines in Russian Federation read, "Moscow did not sleep after the match", "Thanks, guys", "Simply great", and "Fighting until the end".

"You know, I think the fact that we're having a summit at this level, at this time in history, is a deliverable in itself", said Huntsman, adding that he "wouldn't underplay at all the importance of actually sitting down for the first time in a meeting-summit environment and discussing the issues that really matter most".

Forward Fedor Smolov received a rousing reception despite making a mess of Russia's penalty kicks. To beg someone to trust in you, we didn't want to do that. Thank you for believing in us. "You are the best fans in the world!" the team wrote on Twitter.

That mattered little though for battling coach Stanislav Cherchesov who assembled a team that defied all forecasts and made the home nation proud. "But we showed our worth".

Croatia has been unbeaten in the tournament so far. The team was ranked 70th in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association before the matches began.

Russian Federation entered the World Cup as the lowest ranking side, but reached the quarter finals against the odds. France will play Belgium on July 10 in St. Petersburg in the other seminal match.

He wrote on Twitter: "It's unfortunate, but nonetheless it was a great game".

"There was not a single national team playing in this World Cup which had the complete trust of their country. Thank you, guys, for the fact that millions of people simultaneously chanted: Russian Federation!"

Moscow's Nikolskaya Street was full of people chanting, dancing, and hugging into the morning.

Reuters quoted student Artyom Osadchy as saying: "It was a great match". We'll see if I can allow him to play from the first minute.

This time, it was the Croatian fans' turn to celebrate.

Numerous football fans, foreign state officials and politicians, as well as experts have already praised Russia's organization of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, noting the warm-hearted hospitality in all of 11 hosting cities, but branded the outcomes of this world championship as utterly unpredictable.

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