The Vatreni striker Mario Mandzukic ensured fans watching the game in his hometown of Slavonski Brod carried on celebrating long into the night, after covering for over 25,000 Croatian kuna (around $4,700) worth of drinks at the city's World Cup fan zone.
"Croatia have some hardened warriors that are mentally strong in their decision making and in their understanding of the matches, at times that came to the fore". In extra time, he leaped high to block John Stones' header, keeping Croatia in the game before Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal about 10 minutes later.
Tense moments followed for the 12th man as Croatia tried to pile the pressure on and fans had their hearts in their mouths when the score was only kept level by some desperate England defending.
"A lot of surprises at the World Cup, with Germany, Argentina, they are out of the competition, but also surprised by England, how they play, their style, how they play different to the past", he said.
The World Cup has been an exciting and well celebrated tournament to date and officers aim to ensure all celebrations surrounding England matches are as enjoyable, safe and crime free as possible. For 70 minutes we battered them.
"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".
"We deserved to reach the final".
"I think England, like always, once they're in the lead, hold back".
Two nations who have been waiting years to put right the bitter memories of World Cup semi-final defeats will face each other on Wednesday in Moscow with the chance to finally go one step further. Three times we have come from behind and that is proof of our character, that we do not give up.
The game will kick off in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, before Croatia play France in the final in Moscow on Sunday.
"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", Deschamps said, via Reuters.
Chris Treloar, 34, said: "I'm absolutely gutted, especially with the way the goal went in".
"Every time we wear the shirt we want to play well and win".
Without hesitation and without even glancing back at the screen they race over to their protective gear and get it on within seconds of the bell ringing.