‘They gave a good fight’ – Nigeria react as Croatia end Russia's World Cup run

The host country kissed the World Cup trophy goodbye after losing to the Croats via penalty shoot-out in Sochi

Croatia ended Russia’s amazing World run with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Stanislav Cherchesov’s side settled for a 2-2 draw at the end of extra-time and forced the Croats to a shoot-out but Mario Fernandes' misplaced effort from the spot ended the country's hopes of progressing to the next round.

Despite the disappointment, Nigerians have praised the hosts’ for their fighting spirit throughout the tournament.