Croatia and England fans flock to Moscow for World Cup semi-final showdown

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Published on July 11, 2018 - Duration: 03:07s
England and Croatia fans gather in Moscow for the World Cup semi-final
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Croatia and England fans flock to Moscow for World Cup semi-final showdown

SHOWS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JULY 11, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

WORLD CUP FANS AND TOURISTS, SOME UNDER UMBRELLAS, MAKING THEIR WAY INTO MOSCOW'S RED SQUARE 2.

MORE OF FANS AND TOURISTS ON RED SQUARE 3.

FANS WALKING NEAR A POLICE CAR ON RED SQUARE 4.

CROATIA FAN WITH A CHECKERED FLAG AND DRESSED IN CHECKERED CLOTHES IN CROATIA'S COLOURS ON RED SQUARE 5.

CROATIA FANS HOLDING A FLAG IN FRONT OF SAINT BASIL'S CATHEDRAL ON RED SQUARE 6.

MORE OF FANS WITH FLAG 7.

SOLDIERS IN FORMAL UNIFORMS WALKING BEHIND A SECURITY RAIL ON RED SQUARE 8.

GENERAL VIEW OF FANS AND TOURISTS ON RED SQUARE 9.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CROATIA FAN VISITING FROM CROATIA, IVONA VERSIC, SAYING: "It's been great so far.

There are a lot of Croatia fans who are coming here to support our team.

We are expecting that we will win tonight against England because we are a better team.

And Croatia is beautiful… uh Russia is beautiful.

There are lots of beautiful buildings and people are nice.

I think they are also supporting us." 10.

CROATIA FANS IN CROATIA'S COLOURS TAKING PICTURES ON RED SQUARE 11.

CROATIA FAN TAKING A PICTURE 12.

(SOUNDBITE) (Croatian) CROATIA FAN VISITING FROM CROATIA, DIANA TOMAS, SAYING: "Of course we're expecting Croatia to win.

We've been travelling all night to get here, not long now until the match.

We're just sightseeing a little bit beforehand.

We're expecting a lot of Croatia supporters here, a full stadium and Croatia to win." 13.

CROATIA FANS IN CROATIA JERSEYS WAVING TO CAMERA ON RED SQUARE 14.

POLICE OFFICERS PATROLLING RED SQUARE ON FOOT 15.

ENGLAND FANS OPENING AN ENGLISH FLAG ON RED SQUARE 16.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN VISITING FROM ENGLAND, ANTON BOOTH, SAYING: "Oh yeah, we're getting into the final anyway, so, we're okay.

We're not considering to lose; we don't lose.

Failure is not an option.

It (the World Cup) is coming home." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN VISITING FROM ENGLAND, MALLY LATON, SAYING: "[Laughs] It's coming home." 17.

FANS, TOURISTS, AND SECURITY OFFICERS NEAR RED SQUARE WITH DOUBLE-DECKER BUS IN THE BACKGROUND 18.

A GROUP OF ENGLAND FANS ON A MOSCOW STREET 19.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND FAN VISITING FROM ENGLAND, SIMON HATTER, SAYING: "I think there's going to be more England fans this time because obviously, as time's gone on, it's really taken off in England.

England's now gone football crazy.

So, I think there will be more England fans this time." 20.

PEOPLE WAITING IN SECURITY LINE TO GET INTO RED SQUARE 21.

MORE OF PEOPLE IN CUE 22.

SECURITY OFFICER CHECKING PEOPLE AS THEY ENTER RED SQUARE 23.

SOLDIER ON PATROL NEAR RED SQUARE 24.

BUSES CARRYING NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ARRIVING NEAR RED SQUARE STORY: England and Croatia fans braved a wet morning in Moscow's Red Square as they prepared for a World Cup semi-final between their sides in the city on Wednesday (July 11) night.

Fans from both countries were jumping through hoops and booking last-minute tickets to get to the match, with thousands more still expected to arrive throughout the day.

Both fan bases seemed to think their side had the upper hand, with fans of both teams saying they planned to outdo their rivals and cheer their national side to victory.

But the soggy morning was mostly left to tourism and sightseeing with the soccer slated for 9:00 p.m.

(1800 GMT) at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium The winner of tonight's match will face France in the final on Sunday, also in Moscow.

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