FIFA World Cup 2018 Quarterfinals, Russia - Croatia

'Russia Staying Home': Twitter Reacts to Russia-Croatia World Cup Game

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Croatia won against Russia in a last-ditch effort, scoring the decisive goal in the last penalty shot. How could Twitter cold-shoulder that kind of sporting drama?

Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring in the game during the 31st minute with a glorious curving floater to the top right corner of

the Croatia goal, just out of reach of the keeper, but Andrej Kramaric tied the score eight minutes later.

In extra time, Domagoj Vida bought Croatia an advantage at the 100th minute, which was spectacularly mitigated by Mario Fernandez's redirect of an Alan Dzagoyev strike. Vida then scored the winning goal during the penalty shootout.

​​Users bombarded social media with reaction tweets and the absolute majority were jokes about how Russian President Vladimir Putin, being ex-KGB, allegedly plotted pressure on the Croatian team. What started semi-amusingly as: "bring me their families," eventually morphed into "pay that post" after the ball somehow hit the inner side of the post but managed to stay out of the goal. In fact, tweeters raced to see who could invent the worst punishment for Zagreb. Seriously, those are innumerable.

​A few tweets attempted to provide some, ahem, hard evidence.

The problem with being the home team is that, if you lose, you can't simply skip town.

​​Despite Russia's loss, many Twitter users spoke of Russian Team with deep respect.

​​Other than the game itself, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who supported her team alongside Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, stole the hearts of many twitterians.

​And, on an awkward note, some users got really confused by the #RUSCRO hashtag. Because — spoiler alert — Russell Crowe, in The Gladiator?

​The irony is strong in this one.


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