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Russian fans clean stands despite heartbreaking World Cup defeat to Croatia

7 Jul, 2018 22:25
Russian fans clean stands despite heartbreaking World Cup defeat to Croatia
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Despite suffering the heartbreak of a penalty shootout World Cup quarter-final exit, some Russian fans took the time to clean the stands of Fisht Stadium in Sochi after the match.

Russia went down to a 4-3 defeat on penalties after the score finished 2-2 at the end of extra time. It had been a pulsating game in which Russia had taken the lead, gone behind, and then leveled the scores deep into extra time – all before the penalty shootout drama unfolded.

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Croatia's Ivan Rakitic stepped up to score the decisive spotkick, sending his team into a semi-final meeting with England and sending the hosts Russia out.

Despite the disappointment, pictures showed some Russian fans clearing the stands of Sochi's Fisht Stadium, continuing a trend that Japanese and Senegalese fans had started earlier in the tournament.

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