The coolness displayed by the Real Madrid playmaker in the last-16 tie against the Danes was particularly impressive - having missed a penalty late in extra time, he still stepped up to score another spot-kick only a few minutes later.
The Russians were the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams at the World Cup but, just as in the previous round against Spain, they refused to die despite enjoying just 36 percent of possession against a superior Croatian team.
Juventus striker Mandzukic is a big fan - but insists his team have what it takes to beat the England No1 and make it to their first World Cup final. On the other hand, the more you have, the more you want. "We were lucky. I was concentrating throughout the match, but after that penalty, it came bursting out of me".
SOCHI, Russia-Croatia was there at England's lowest ebb this century in worldwide soccer, and it'll be there as the English team tries to peak. "People didn't believe in us, but we made them believe", Dzagoev added.
Both teams will go into the game with caution because it's a semi-final and these matches can be decided by a mistake or great individual goal.
"It's a great story for me, it was my first time outside Croatia, everything was really new", he said. Yet, that's not the clincher, the Bengaluru huduga also got the player with the most Man of the Match awards in 2018, to offer to take a few selfies with Ravi, where Modric held the phone, and went click-click.
In Belgium, the likes of Jean-Marie Pfaff, Jan Ceulemans, Franky Vercauteren, Enzo Scifo and Eric Gerets bring back memories of the Red Devils' one and only last four appearance, in Mexico 1986.
The match had ended 2-2 after extra-time after Mario Fernandes' late equalizer for Sbornaya.
Croatia equalized with Andrej Kramaric's header near halftime. But we have shown throughout the tournament that all of our players are risky. "Hopefully our right-back Sime Vrsaljko is not so injured like he thinks, so hopefully we can manage".