When Croatia stormed through the group stage with nine points from three games, they did in indeed look like serious contenders.
Croatia will face England in the second semi-final match at the Luzhniki Stadium for the right to take on France in the final.
"When you play a semi-final, it is impossible to be exhausted".
"We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game [against England]".
"I would say one of the best [moments in my career], if not the best".
"It was wonderful because all the allies were cheering for all of us, mostly", she said.
'We were unlucky in previous major tournaments, particularly at Euros, but now we are collecting those debts at the World Cup this year'.
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Thousands of fans will be on Zagreb's main square and at bars in town again and in true Croatian style, they will come with flares and fireworks in hand ready to celebrate.
"But we showed again that we we not exhausted, we dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects". I can imagine the same kind of scenes, a very great and positive atmosphere back in England. Indeed, many spectators thought the same, given that the Croatian side came from two successive matches that went to penalties. In fact, Croatia got even stronger as the game went on, while England faltered.
"We have a good opportunity to give them something back for 20 years ago when they reached the final", Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said. The final of the World Cup between France and Croatia will take place on Sunday.
Croatia's long periods of possession were largely unproductive, the final pass was invariably missing and they were surprised by Russia's aggressive approach.