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.
Congratulations Croatia. Representing Nigeria’s group 😎— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) July 7, 2018
Every country will be proud to exit a World Cup tourney the way Russia exited this one. They have been so inspiring. And to say the truth, they have overachieved. отлично сработано Russia(well done Russia)👏👏 #WorldCup #RUSCRO— Odiko Godwin™⚽ 🇳🇬 (@OdikoGodwin) July 7, 2018
Russia fought a good fight. Considering the fact that nobody gave them a chance. They are the tournaments most impressive team.— Babs 🦅 (@BabatundeCASH) July 7, 2018
Respect to Russia. They gave a good fight.— Adegbola Dare (@dareintellect) July 7, 2018
The host county-Russia bow out with their heads held high. They gave in a good fight. #Russia2018— 'Femi Akingbade (@donfemsrules) July 7, 2018
Russia🇷🇺 2(3) vs 2(4) 🇭🇷Croatia ........Croatia wins on penalty shootout!! 👏👏👏 Congratulations to them, they deserve it. Russia fought very hard. I applaud them too. What i learnt from the Russian Team was NEVER GIVE UP! #RUS #CRO #RUSCRO #WorldCup2018 #Nigeria— Zeddy Itopa (@zeddyitopa) July 7, 2018
I really don't care about Russia..I just wanted Croatia out cos they beat Nigeria😥— Becca loves Tobo G (@Becca_olu) July 7, 2018
Thanks for not disappointing her, your country &myself. Small country with a big God. 😝Thanks to Russia for accepting defeat. Come 2022 , Nigerians!!!🔝🔝 We will surely get there 🙏. #Crotia #Nigeria #Worldcup— Favour Omotayo (@FavorShow) July 7, 2018