Ivan Perisic levelled and Mario Mandzukic secured a 2-1 win in extra-time, propelling the country to a first World Cup final as England's manager wondered what could have been - 22 years on from his semi-final heartache at Euro 96. In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted.
Fielding their youngest ever team in a World Cup, the Three Lions have a very bright future on the pitch, but they will not bring football home this year.
Croatia's star midfielder Luka Modric said "we will see who will be tired" was the team ethos going into Wednesday's semifinal, feeling Croatia had been under-estimated by the English.
With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950. What a night! A huge video wall was set up in the historic city and the broadcast was followed by thousands, they sat on the floor, on walls, in stands, hung from windows. "We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said, according to Reuters.
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"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament". But that wouldn't deter the Duke of Cambridge from supporting his team as they take on Croatia in Wednesday's semi-final.
Just don't suggest Croatia will be tired in Sunday's final when it returns to the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece.
England fans, meanwhile, were left devastated as the nation missed out on a place in the World Cup final.
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But Raj Singh, a Canadian who supports England because he has relatives in Britain, said the team may have passed up their best opportunity in a lifetime to reach a World Cup final.
"This is fantastic", Dalic said.
We might live in a time where sometimes it's easier to be negative than positive, or to divide than to unite, but England: let's keep this unity alive.
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Even leaving aside the fact they're into the final, the French have trailed in just one match so far.