Coming off two games that went to overtime, Croatia was supposed to be the team that was exhausted.
"For Croatian football and Croatia as a country, this is history being written", said Dalic.
Croatia is playing in its fifth World Cup.
France, then captained by current national coach Didier Deschamps, ended Croatia's dream run when they won 2-1 in the semi-finals before going on to claim the title.
"It's been the strangest World Cup".
It was the end of this World Cup for us but not the end of the world.
Cars and vans drove through the streets with Croatian flags stretched tightly across their bonnets, honking their horns at each other as workers clocked out for the day early and headed home to watch the game. To avoid offending any Serbian sensitivities, the children in that team had to wear blank white t-shirts.
This isn't the first time the England set up has been investigated by Federation Internationale de Football Association this World Cup either. "Aren´t you ashamed Novak?" "I just hope they can do it tonight".
I mean, this is some Tami/Coach Taylor level support right here, so it's no surprise that people were SHOOK.
Their manager knew it would be hard to say much.
That opinion is by no means shared by everyone.
His comment impressed and it was shown on the big screen when Croatia's World Cup squad was announced.
But he believes Gareth Southgate's youthful team have learned some valuable lessons in Russian Federation, brought the public back on their side and are on an upward trajectory.
In Macedonia, most residents are supporting Croatia, despite the nationalist right´s unswerving support for Russian Federation.
Prime Minister Theresa May said the team had "a great journey that's made the country proud".
"Politics aside, hats off to you, neighbours!" You played with pride, dignity & respect. Around 6,000 Croats live in Montenegro. They will by then have analysed the performances of each player and the team who will be told and must believe this is really just the start of what can be something very special indeed.
He saw it as part of a "gradual warming of relations" between Croats, Bosnians and Serbs.