Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

Croatia ends Russia's World Cup dream

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida joined Vukojević in the video, where they devoted the win to their former club Dynamo Kyiv and the state of Ukraine, reports Index.hr on July 8, 2018. "I put on a shirt with national symbols, whereas the dress code in the VIP zone, which usually presupposes long gowns, wouldn't have permitted such an outfit", the Russian website Sportbox quoted her as saying.

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A second person in the same video, Ognjen Vukojevic, a recently-retired Croatian global who played in Kiev, and now works as a scout for the national team, underlines the message by adding "This victory is for Dynamo Kiev and for Ukraine".

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Croatia's defender Domagoj Vida (down, 2ndL) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Russian Federation and Croatia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on July 7, 2018.

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Besiktas centre-back Vida, 29, and his former Dynamo Kiev and worldwide teammate Ognjen Vukojevic recorded a video message following Croatia's win in Sochi. It wasn't immediately clear whether they intended the video to be made public, or if it was a personal message later uploaded to YouTube by someone else. Football is outside politics. The phrase has become a slogan for Ukrainian anti-Russian nationalists following Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Vukojevic, another Dynamo ex-player, was in 2017 appointed the club's scout for the Balkans, Eastern and Central Europe.

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While Croatia's Marcelo Brozovic, Luka Modric, Domagoj Vida and Ivan Rakitic were on target in the tiebreaker, Mateo Kovacic failed to convert.

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