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"Pretty much everybody was depressed for up to 60 minutes until Perisic scored", Croatian journalist Hrvoje Kresic told CNN from his nation's capital, Zagreb.

"The most important thing for me is that my national team succeeded and that we do something big".

It has been a memorable campaign thus far for Modric, who was influential in helping Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League crown. Saturday's victory on penalties against hosts Russian Federation was their second successive match to go to a shoot-out after they were pushed all the way by Denmark in the last 16 six days earlier. "We don't have any chances to win this Cup and of course we are sad".

"I've known Luka for a number of years, not only with the national team".

Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.

"He deserves all the accolades he gets from the media and public. And then we look forward to doing it all again on Sunday!"

Another Subasic save, from Fedor Smolov, and a miss from Fernandes during the shoot-out saw the hosts knocked out and Croatia progress to only their second World Cup semi-final.

"England we're proud of you, that's all I've got to say".

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Their one defeat came against Belgium in their final group game, in a match between two essentially reserve sides. The Real Madrid ace has been outstanding in Russian Federation .

Mamic was sentenced to six and a half years in prison last month, while Modric has been charged with giving false evidence in the case.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic praised Luka Modric ahead of his team's World Cup semi-final against England, saying the midfielder was in career-best form. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Croatia will be worn out from having to play two 120-mins + penalties.

"So we feared the worst in a penalty shootout against Denmark". Ten years ago we had a famous generation and now we are close to them because we are in the semi-final after 20 years.

"We took a hard route and we were unlucky, particularly in previous tournaments, especially the Euros".

"We trusted ourselves. We could only prove our worth by working hard", said Cherchesov.

"My biggest question before the tournament was about who was going to be the goalkeeper and whether they would be good enough".

The most goals ever scored in a single World Cup match was Austria 7-4 Switzerland in 1954.

"Russia has shown the world what kind of championship we can have - the best in the world", said another fan.