For the second straight game, an English player scored his first global goal in a World Cup knockout match, this time Kieran Trippier sending a sweet free kick into Croatia's net.
Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece.
As England and Croatia prepare to face off in the semi-final on Wednesday, theater and concert-goers in both countries are trying to get rid of tickets so they can watch the soccer. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final".
"Nobody could be any happier than me to play the final against France", the 29-year-old said. "God willing, we will be world champions".
France's Manager, Didier Deschamps, who has held his position since 2012 and who captained his country to the World Cup in 1998, said: "This is exceptional".More news: Croatia fans ready for the semis
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"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier". I felt something unusual and, after discussion with doctors, we decided I should go off. Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery, and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament soccer has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title. They are confident and have a young team. Croatia entered the 30 minutes with a passionate drive inspired by the equalizer, enabling a strong offensive start.
"It's football but, thank God, in the end, we're in the semi-final".
Teenager Kylian Mbappe has come alive in this tournament and became the first teenager to score two goals in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958 when he hit a brace in the 4-3 round-of-16 win over Argentina.
The Croatian national anthem was the first to be played before the match at the nearly full-house 80,000-seat Luzhniki Area kicked off.
Mbappe appeared risky throughout, creating six scoring chances for his side, who will wait the winners of Wednesday's other semi between England and Croatia. "We worked hard. I scored but we delivered a good match and I'm very proud of everyone".