To celebrate the unprecedented win, the entire Croatian cabinet swapped their usual formal dress for football jerseys during their session in the Croatian capital the following day.
Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.
"This time we don't want to make that mistake and we will approach the game differently".
Three times now we've been a goal down and have come back, and that really says a lot about our team spirit.
"We are a very tight-knitted community and soccer brings people together", he said.
The two sides must pick themselves up and dust themselves down after suffering the crushing disappointment of semi-final defeats to play for the modest prize of third place in a fixture often criticised as pointless.
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The first half of Wednesday's game had Croatia lagging behind 0-1 after a goal from England's Kevin Trippier only five minutes in.
Pitana returned to Brazil in 2016 for the Olympic Football Tournament, where he was the man in the middle for the semi-final between Germany and Nigeria.
Curiously, an Argentine was also in charge of officiating duties the last time that France made the World Cup final.
"I can be very happy with my life", Dalic said, adding that "without strong faith and that motivation, it would be very hard to achieve it".
"We have to stay like we are, not think that we are the favourites". We would be delighted if Modric won the MVP and the Golden Ball for being the best player at the tournament. Due to how the bracket was shaping up, it appeared as though neither team would want to win the match, as whichever team wound up winning the group would be placed into the "side of death" that was forming.
"But for these players, many have come of age on an global stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done".
Mario Mandzukic typified their efforts, running himself into the ground in the lone striker role but taking his chance to score the victor clinically when it presented itself almost 20 minutes into extra time. "Even their defenders are outstanding players".
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