Dalic's side were clearly exhausted, but they managed to fight on to the end of two hours of gripping football to take the country of just over four million people into the final for the first time.
Not even a dramatic late spot-kick failure in the last 16 against Denmark could derail Modric's superb tournament, the Real Madrid man a strong contender for the Golden Ball at Russian Federation 2018.
France will have had 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. Two played with half a leg. "Even I don't want to be there".
After beginning his coaching career at the age of 28 with FC Vevey in Switzerland, Miroslav Blazevic managed several clubs, most notably Dinamo Zagreb, before taking the Croatia helm in 1994. "We've done enough to get to the semifinal" he said.
He added: "France are top-drawer".
"Unfortunately our dream has been postponed, and it is very painful for all of us that after so much work and dedication on the part of each player, technical commission, and staff, there is enormous pain", he wrote.
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The Spaniard will face Novak Djokovic in the last four for a chance to meet either John Isner or Kevin Anderson in the final. The fifth seed had led by two sets on Monday but Simon grabbed the third set before fading light ended play.
They have reached the finals for the first time in the nation's history, and they did so by becoming the first country ever to win three straight games in extra time.
Although the statistics registered the 58% of the ball possession in favor of Croatia against England's 42%, the first half ended with 1-0 flashing on the scoreboard.
Deschamps, who captained France as they won the 1998 World Cup on home soil, hailed the character of his young team and credited his players' effort at the back.
Eric Dier has warned England will face one of the best players in the world tonight.
Asked if he was a good luck charm after reaching that final, he said: "No, I'm not at all a good luck charm - we didn't win the Euros final, so that's why it's close to my heart now to reach this level at the World Cup". 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.
"This is really a big day for Croatian sport and football, it is a success that we will remember for generations". "I'm going to a wedding on the weekend, I have to drive to the airport soon to pick up my cousin who's flying in from Toronto, I have to make dinner, and I'm still here watching the game".