The worrying thought about what we will do with ourselves once it is over can wait, because two well-matched semi-finals await.
With the exception of Villarreal midfielder Denis Cheryshev and Club Brugge goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, all members of Russia's 23-man squad play in their struggling domestic league.
The charismatic 49-year-old - who is in Russian Federation as a TV pundit for English broadcaster ITV - told the Daily Mail that Luka Modric and fellow superstar Ivan Rakitic will pose problems for England they have not encountered thus far in their World Cup semi-final tomorrow morning (Singapore time).
"That's it. There's no point watching the World Cup anymore", a woman identifying herself only as Vasilisa from Samara, one of the host cities for the World Cup, tweeted soon after Russian Federation crashed out.
France took full advantage of an Edinson Cavani-less Uruguay, before tournament favourites Brazil were put to the sword by Belgium's incisive counter-attacking in a thrilling game in Kazan.
The coolness displayed by the Real Madrid playmaker in the last-16 tie against the Danes was particularly impressive - having missed a penalty late in extra time, he still stepped up to score another spot-kick only a few minutes later.
World Cup glory beckons for Croatian stars such as Luka Modric after several traumatic experiences at major tournaments, says their former coach Slaven Bilic.
Dalic, who enjoyed a solid but unspectacular career as a midfielder in Croatia, was given the national job a year ago after success as a coach in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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It has seen widespread apathy towards the Three Lions replaced by excitement and renewed hope, with previously unheralded players stepping up and better-known names underlining their quality and in some cases changing perceptions.
Apart from the experience of 103 worldwide appearances, Lloris has a few other things going his way when he's trying to stop them - including the fact he's faced numerous Belgians already while playing for Tottenham in the Premier League.
The coach, however, will have to wait and see if defender Sime Vrsaljko, who played in four of their five games, will be fit for the match after picking up a knee injury.
Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic has claimed that nobody should be surprised at his side reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup.
"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", Cherchesov said.
The Telegraph reports that both FIFA, the worldwide football governing body, and Russia have refused to state the number of drug tests the Russian players completed prior to the World Cup. I could be with my parents, eating and drinking and watching the game on TV.
Balkan Insight reports on widespread outrage against the Croatian Football Federation for allowing corruption to thrive in the sport. I asked him and he said he was OK, it did not affect him much.
The Three Lions once again scored from a dead ball situation, their eighth set-piece goal of this World Cup . Rafa Benitez says England have a "great chance" of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1966.
Zsa Zsa , the floppy-tongued bulldog from Minnesota who won the World's Ugliest Dog contest just last month, has reportedly died. Zsa Zsa was about nine years old when she passed away, which is about the life expectancy for the breed.
The second semi will take place in Moscow's Luzhniki - also the venue for the final - on Wednesday evening. Statistically speaking, France had Belgium's number when it came to taking shots for most of the game.
Mr Wilson praised the American President for his firmness with European companies and EU leaders on matters of trade and security. May named one of her most loyal ministers, Jeremy Hunt, to replace Johnson in the job of Britain's top diplomat.
Pacific Northwest, and are likely to get sent elsewhere as exporters scramble to avoid paying the tariff, a U.S. trader said. Asian markets appear to have taken in stride the USA move to raise tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese products.
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In April Leonard sued her for $10m , claiming to have "played an integral role in developing her music career and public image". This apparently included her relationships as she claims Shaft would tell her "who she should and should not see romantically".
World number one Nadal faces a tricky test against power-hitter del Potro in his first Wimbledon quarter-final since 2011. The other quarter-final features American John Isner and Canadian former runner-up Milos Raonic .
This is a proud nation and a proud football team, and to reach a World Cup final would represent a truly remarkable story. Either way, they face their biggest test yet this World Cup and in the biggest game of their careers.
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Nearly 11 years ago, Croatia beat England in a Euro 2008 qualifier, one that saw England miss out on the continental tournament. He hopes England will be more suited to their style of play, but added that recovering from two extended games will be hard .
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Anderson then served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor , and raised both arms overhead. The tennis player and cricketer know each other personally and share great mutual respect.
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But that's not all Timberlake did to show his support for England as it takes on Croatia in the World Cup semifinal Wednesday. The players have already bettered expectations, with the whole of England buying into the team and their recent performances.
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But he is already experimenting with different options. "[Croatia] will be tough but I think we're going to get through". The manner of that performance instantly won over the home crowd and gave them a reason to cheer their team.
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Tag Ridings (Arkansas Razorbacks) tied for 27th at 11 under, while Sebastian Cappelen (Razorbacks) tied for 41st at 8 under. Kraft said he struggled judging the speed of his putts. "It s nice to get that second trophy". "Hopefully I get this done".
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