"I know that unfortunately today one of us will have to say goodbye while the other will go ahead", she said.
However, it was not to be for the resilient hosts, with goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saving Fedor Smolov's penalty and Fernandes firing wide before Rakitic kept his composure to send Croatia through.
Federation Internationale de Football Association is investigating a video of Croatia defender Domagoj Vida and former player Ognjen Vukojevic dedicating their penalty shootout win over Russia on Saturday to Ukraine.
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.
"Thank you for the honest, genuine emotions you gave us thoughout the World Cup", they wrote.
While tears filled the eyes of Russian supporters and players who had hoped to continue their unexpected successes throughout the remainder of the World Cup, Croatia justifiably celebrated at the end of a hard won victory on penalties.
The phrase has been used by Ukrainian anti-Russian nationalists, with Vukojevic adding: "This victory is for Dynamo and Ukraine".More news: Thai Soccer Team Found Alive In Daring Cave Rescue
Meanwhile, the video has caused outrage in Russian Federation, with TV networks showing the pictures and clearly furious, according to The Sun.
Having slotted home the winning kick against Denmark in the last 16, Rakitic held his nerve to convert from the spot, with Mario Fernandes going from hero to villain by missing from 12 yards after his 115th-minute header had made it 2-2 deep into extra time.
Vida, who represented Dynamo Kiev from 2013 until this year, has tried to play down his comments as "just a joke", saying that he "likes Russian people" and that there were "no politics involved".
Spartak Moscow winger Alexander Samedov also confirmed he is retiring from worldwide football after Russia's defeat.
The 51-year-old coach, who has only been in charge of the national side since October, said: "I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses - they are in the semi-finals, that says it all". "Until we have evaluated all information available, we can not comment further".
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