Russia World Cup: Home team defied expectations

Russian football fans are proud of their national team, which progressed further than anyone expected before losing to Croatia.

Russian fans have raised a glass to their team after the hosts were eliminated from the World Cup by Croatia.

The Russians lost 4-3 in a penalty shootout, but many supporters were surprised and elated that they made it as far as the quarter-finals.


Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports from Moscow.