Croatia now have the chance to take revenge on France after losing 2-1 in Paris when the sides met in the semi-finals back in 1998 - team's current coach Dalic travelled to that World Cup as a fan. Croatia began to get on top, and the Three Lions were punished when Perišić 's equaliser sent the match into extra time.
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 had prevailed on penalties in both the last 16 and the quarter-finals, defeating Denmark and then tournament hosts Russian Federation.
Croatia has just over 4 million people, the fourth-smallest of the 32 World Cup teams ahead of Panama, Uruguay and Iceland. We will want to give a performance of huge pride.
"We were the better team in all aspects of the game", said Dalic.
"We are a very tight-knitted community and soccer brings people together", he said.
France and Croatia are the last two teams standing in the 2018 World Cup, and the title will be decided on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. It will be their third final in 20 years. They are solid. "I don't think that tiredness will play a part as you overcome it when you play in a final".
Their next game, the last of this year's World Cup, will undoubtedly be the biggest sporting moment in the history of Croatia since becoming an independent nation in 1991. We stay as we are from the start of the tournament.
The match on Sunday will be the first time Croatia plays in the tournament's final, and comes after it beat out England earlier this week.
"The Croats had a very hard match and they were behind". They are favourites, but we will do our best to surprise them.
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. But Ivan Perisic's equaliser in the second half, followed by Mario Mandzukic's victor in extra time sent the Three Lions crashing out.It wasn't just the football players on the field that were left heartbroken.
"They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me!" he says.
But even though England are out, they've still had an wonderful tournament.