Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will attend the World Cup quarter-final in Sochi, where their national football teams will fight for a spot in the tournament semi-finals.
“On July 7 the head of the Russian government [Dmitry Medvedev] will hold a meeting with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, during which trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the two countries will be discussed,” the Russian government press service said.
“Dmitry Medvedev and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will be present at the World Cup quarter-final match between Russia and Croatia.”
Croatia’s first female head of state, photos of whom in the stadium went viral, was hugely praised by fans for watching the game from the stands – rejecting the privilege of using a VIP seat at the venue.
Russia and Croatia will play at Fisht Stadium on Saturday with a semi-final spot at stake in the crucial match.
The hosts of the tournament have already exceeded all expectations by reaching the quarter-final of the tournament for the first time in their history.
Croatia’s best World Cup display dates back to 1998, when the former Yugoslavia republic finished third, beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the bronze-medal game.