Russian Federation record-holder Sergei Ignashevich retires after World Cup exit

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The match will be England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

They had also needed spot kicks to get past a dogged Denmark in the last 16, but Modric insisted they would not be exhausted for the last-four clash against England. It was a blunder of epic proportions that cost Uruguay the match when Fernando's deflection from Dele Ali landed in the goal instead of clearing the field, gifting France the second goal.

The defender is not ready for his World Cup dream to be over as he targets a first England final since 1966.

In the other quarter-final match, England defeated Sweden 2-0 to secure their place in the semi-finals where they will be facing Croatia.

The penalty shootout win against hosts Russian Federation in the quarter-finals on Sunday seems to have gone a long way towards achieving that.

Every time a Croatian player appears before the media at this World Cup, he knows a question about Modric is coming, and every time the answer reflects the admiration there is in the squad for their captain. "We were supporting the team so much", one Russian fan told Al Jazeera after the quarter-final.

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

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And it earned the exhausted group a date with England in the semifinals. That made it back-to-back shootouts for Croatia following its narrow win over Denmark in the round of 16.

The penalty shootout was a cruel way for the hosts to bow out of the competition, but Russian Federation missed two of their kicks to Croatia's one.

Zlatko Dalic's Croatia were vulnerable defensively too. Dalic, however, said there was plenty left in the tank. We wanted to show our Swiss neighbours how powerful a football nation we are. We have everything needed to do that, a great team, great staff and I hope we will make the extra step, ' he said. The pair previously played for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev. Ranked 70th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings released just before the start of the tournament and therefore the worst team, on paper, many expected Russia to crash out at the first time of asking. That leaves him free to play against England.

Henry did everything he could to help Belgium bring down France, but ultimately the team with more goals than any in the tournament was unable to score in the semifinals.

Ready for the World Cup's semi-finale? Then, no doubt, he'll be supporting the French pursuit of a second World Cup title the following day in Moscow.

A World Cup host city must have a hub for fans to meet and watch games on giant screens. That's something only Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) have done. "I felt really relieved", Dalic said. "I have responsibility for the team. Individual awards are not important for me frankly".

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