Ivan Perisic said his equaliser that helped Croatia come from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time and reach the World Cup final was a goal that "he could only dream of" as a child. In extra time Danny Rose came on for Ashley Young and Eric Dier swapped with Jordan Henderson.
That the nation will be backing them to gain revenge for the World Cup semi-final loss to France in 1998 is without question, as is the fact that there will once again be an army of fans decked out in red and white checks at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Ending the tweet with a W, he wrote: 'I know how disappointed @england must feel right now but I couldn't be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high.
"They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me!"
"Now is a time for us to be strong as a group and take the time to reflect on the performance a bit more over the next couple of days".
"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament". In the round of 16, the Croats had defeated Denmark 3-2 in penalties before overcoming Russian Federation in the quarter-finals 4-3 in a tense penalty shootout.
Les Bleus will face off against Croatia on Sunday.
"We're still one of only three teams ever to get to a semi-final, and I think for all of the players and staff they have got to be proud of that".
Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence. Nobody should be surprised if they do that one more time on Sunday to collect their first major worldwide trophy.
"Some players played with minor injuries with which they would not have played some other games".
Vida had on Sunday said that the "glory to Ukraine" video he posted after his team beat Russian Federation on penalties in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday night was not a political message.
The Balkan nation with a population of around four million people became the smallest country to advance to the World Cup final since 1950, when Uruguay, with a population of around 2.4 million that year, clinched the trophy.
"This is fantastic", Dalic said.
"But when you've got to this point and we've played in the way we have, and as well as we did in the first half, then you want to take those opportunities in life".
He will just be hoping that all of them are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side.