Trump and Putin Will Meet One-on-One in Finland, Officials Say

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They have fallen in love with us.

'He missed training the day before yesterday but yesterday and today he trained and we will see if I am able to let him play from the first minute'.

Cherchesov said the hosts, who were ranked 70th by Federation Internationale de Football Association before the World Cup, should aim higher.

The meeting comes on the heels of the president's summit last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - a meeting that critics fear legitimized one of the world's most hostile actors, while winning few concessions.

Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from the Russian capital Moscow after the team's loss to Croatia, said, "While the team went into this competition something of a national joke, no one was laughing at them now".

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"We will pay special attention to the development of the football heritage", Putin said.

Just last week, he trumpeted a Putin talking point, tweeting: "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the United States permanent representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, said Russian Federation would be a key topic at the summit.

Most experts did not expect Russian Federation to advance this far into the tournament, but against the odds, the team made it to the quarter-finals. Thank you for everything! "We have succeeded I believe, but it's time to take a step forward".

"And this is a national team that the country is proud of". Fans spilling out of bars chanted "Russia" in the street and danced as music blared.

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Some 15,000 people converged in Zagreb's main square, where the "match of a generation" had been shown on a large screen.

"It was a great match".

They were at it again a few days later against the Egyptians, before a different kind of effort resulted in Spain falling by the wayside in what was Russia's first ever World Cup knockout game in the post-Soviet era.

The hosts' surprise progress to the quarter-final has ramped up the hopes of home fans but Cherchesov insists - aside from taking calls from the president - he is trying to steer clear of the hype. "It was a very dignified game", Evgenia, 36, a psychologist, said. "I'm thankful to players for this tournament, thankful to all fans for their support".

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