“CROATIAN president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic joined the players in the dressing room to party after they booked a World Cup semi-final date with England.

Grabar-Kitarovic had watched Croatia’s penalty shoot-out victory over Russia in the VIP seats alongside Fida head Gianni Infantino and Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The 50-year-old was animated throughout the match, celebrating every goal and waving to supporters in the stands.

And after they came through the nail-biting shoot-out, she rushed down to the changing room to herald the win with the Croatia players.” (The Sun)

“‘It’s with great joy that I will be going to Moscow for the semifinals,’ read a statement released by the prime minister’s office on Sunday. The Prime minister is making good on a promise made prior to Croatia’s game against Russia that if Croatia were to win he would make the trip to support the team in trying to make the finals of the greatest sporting event on earth.” (Voice of Croatia)

After a NATO summit in Brussels, U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis will pay an official visit to Croatia and attend, together with Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic, a special meeting of the defence ministers of the US-Adriatic Charter countries in Zagreb, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

On the occasion of the U.S. official’s visit, Minister Krsticevic and his Montenegrin counterpart Predrag Boskovic will co-chair a meeting of the defence ministers of the US-Adriatic Charter countries, to be held on July 13, the ministry said.” (N1)