Hosts Russia fought tooth and nail against Croatia on Saturday in the FIFA World Cup quarter-final in Sochi but in the end, it was not enough.Russia was on a high after overcoming a poor Spain in the Round of 16 and they showed immense character against Croatia too. Something, their fans were proud of.In the Fisht Stadium, it was Russia who scored first through a stunning strike by Denis Cheryshev. However, just minutes later Croatia equalised through a Kramaric header.Both the teams created chances and fought off for the rest of the game before Vida scored for Croatia to put the nation’s one foot in the semi-final.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHowever, Russia were not relenting, not on their home soil. Mario Fernandez scored with just five minutes of extra time were left to force the match into the penalty shootouts.Both those teams had been through the drama of a penalty shootout in the Round of 16 and while the pressure got the better of the Russian players, Croatia held their nerves to advance.But the Russian fans were even more unrelenting than their fans. Despite the heartbreak, Russian flag still kept flying, the fans kept singing.After all, this was their best performance since the break up of the Soviet Union.However, as the Russian empire in the World Cup fell, imminent jokes on President Vladimir Putin followed.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the semi-finalsThroughout the tournament, there were no dearth of jokes on Putin. Be it saying that he was sitting behind the Video Assistant Referee screens to keep the match in Russia’s favour or even kidnapping David de Gea’s family so that Spain would lose, Putin was the butt of many jokes.advertisementIt was a similar trail on Saturday as Twitter got flooded by jokes on the Russian President.A user by the name of Ryma shared a doctored video of Putin where he is accepting that he did the various illegal things to help Russia win the World Cup and yet the players failed him.who made this??#RUSCRO #Putin pic.twitter.com/af11514byVRyma (@Ryymaaaaaa) July 7, 2018Another Twitter user lil lane said that Putin is now preparing to form Soviet Union 2 after Russia’s loss to Croatia.after Russias embarrassing loss to Croatia, Vladimir Putin introduces Soviet Union 2lil lane (@lilbunball) July 7, 2018Ricky Davila said that he was supporting Croatia only because he wanted to see an upset Putin.I cheered on the Croatian team just to see them defeat Russia and they did. Any loss that upsets Putin tickles me. That is all.Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 7, 2018If Putin was any good, Russia would still be in the Cup.ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 8, 2018Putin strikes me as the guy that will revoke visas and deport the remaining teams in the tournament after taking an L.Tito in Miami (@Tito305Sports) July 8, 2018Putin didn’t really expect to win both the #WorldCup and the American presidency.Real Fake P0TUS (@RF_P0TUS) July 7, 2018Its an all-NATO World Cup final four, and Russia out. Bad day for the Trump-Putin axis of ego.johnbrummett (@johnbrummett) July 8, 2018While Russia mourned the fact that they could not reach the semis, Croatia reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1998 and set up a last four clash against England.