THE “World Cup’s hottest fan” has tried to cheer up crushed Croatian fans with a bikini-busting snap after they were beaten by Argentina.
INSTAGRAMIvana Knoll tried to raise the spirits of crushed Croatians with a sizzling snap[/caption]
She praised her team for their stellar achievements in the World Cup – while taking a swipe at referee Daniele OrsatoINSTAGRAM
In a sizzling yet scathing social media post, the model made it clear she held the Italian official responsible for their 3-0 defeat.
Ivana shared two jaw-dropping snaps of her celebrating in the stadium in one of her signature red-and-white ensembles.
Sporting a plunging halterneck bikini top paired with figure-hugging leggings, the Croatian beauty gave devastated supporters a reason to smile.
The 30-year-old wrote in her Instagram caption: “Sometimes we play amazing, sometimes not so well.
“Sometimes in the semi-finals we have bad referee like yesterday to give penalty for nothing and losing the chance to get the trophy.
“Sometimes we are underrated and then we show the way home to the most favored team, that is football…
“But the most important thing, we are A SMALL COUNTRY WITH A BIG HEART and I am proud to be a Croatian forever and ever!”
But this all came after Luka Modric and Co were left furious with the award of the penalty for Argentina’s opener.
Dominic Livakovic came charging out of the net and took out Alvarez, sending the striker tumbling to the ground.
Argentina was awarded a penalty for the clash – which Messi scored – while Livakovic was booked for the challenge.
Croatian midfielder Modric later slammed Orsato as “one of the worst” referees to step foot on the pitch, branding him a “disaster.”
The team’s army of fans – including heartthrob Ivana – inevitably agreed with his condemnation after Croatia’s hopes for world glory were dashed.
But the German-born beauty reminded her 2.8million followers that they weren’t going home empty-handed.
She encouraged Croatians to take solace in the fact that they managed to sensationally knock five-time champs Brazil out.
Taking to her Instagram story, she added: “How I feel after yesterday? To be honest, very disappointed and sad…
“But then I say to myself: can you imagine how is Brazil doing right now, we kicked them out and Argentina is in the finals.
“Remember: there is always someone who is in more pain than you.”
Although Croatia will no longer compete in the finals, they will return to the stadium for a third-place playoff on Saturday.
SplashThe model has been hailed as football’s hottest fan[/caption]
She said she was ‘disappointed’ with the result of the semi-final clash against ArgentinaRex