Croatia’s president wins hearts with show of VIP zone passion

Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic became a meme star when she travelled economy to watch her team play, but her fame was sealed when she wore her team’s shirt to sit among the suits for her countrymen’s win over Russia.

But as Croatia broke the stalemate in extra time, all etiquette was out in Sochi, and the now-jacketless Croatian politician bounced up and down next to Medvedev, who looked away, disappointment etched on his face.

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Medvedev got his revenge when Russia equalized minutes later, but it was Grabar-Kitarovic whose celebrations will be best remembered, as Croatia, a country of 4 million, sealed its place among the top four in the world with a penalty shootout win.


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After the progress to semi-finals was confirmed, the first lady President of the country joined the Croatian team in their celebrations.



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