SOCHI, Russia — It’s time for the home team to go home.
Although Russia made it further at this year’s World Cup than most soccer fans expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw.
The overachieving hosts, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.
Even Russian President Vladimir Putin was taken in by the host nation’s run, at least according to Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov.