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Euro 2008

June 20, 2008

Russia 3, Croatia 1

Russia beats Croatia on Penalty Kicks.

They were tied 1 – 1 when time ran out. The went to penalty kicks, best of five. After three rounds, Croatia was barely hanging on with one goal in three tries while while Russia was perfect a perfect three of three. The next round, Croatia goes first. They missed the goal, just outside to the right. Russia wins.

The pain in the Croatian players faces was overwhelming.

Wins and losses go deep here. In 1991, Croatia declared independence against Soviet backed Yugoslavia, leading to a four year war for independence. Fifteen years after independence, they’re playing the Russians in the semi-final.

Sometimes, it really is more than a game.

(also, ending on penalty kicks sucks)

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