But the team had been widely admired by neutrals at the World Cup, before political tensions were once again brought to the fore by center back Domagoj Vida and since-sacked scout Ognjen Vukojevic, who recorded a video congratulating Ukraine over their own team's victory over Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.
This was the SECOND time that Vida has sent a highly-charged political message, following his "Belgrade burn!" ravings after his country's quarter-final win over Russian Federation.
Vida, also a former Dynamo Kiev player, said in a statement following the posting of the video: "It was definitely no political message, but a simple thank you for all the support from Ukraine, where Vukojevic and I spent a number of years".
The latest video shows Vida talking to the camera with a bottle of beer in his hand but it is unclear when it was recorded.
Russia's relations with Ukraine have been fraught since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
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The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) sought to limit the damage caused by the first video on Monday by apologising to the Russian public, adding in a statement: "Ognjen Vukojevic and Domagoj Vida likewise apologise for their statements, which were in no way meant to have political connotations, yet which unfortunately left room for such interpretations".
Vida said his comments in the video were not meant to convey any political message.
"There's no politics in football".
Ukraine's Embassy in the United Kingdom took to Twitter to defend the players and slam media interpretations of the phrase.
The booing and whistles rang out each time Vida touched the ball in the semi-final against England, starting about 30 minutes into the first half.
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