The Croatia-Russia thriller, which ended with Croatia defeating the host nation on penalty kicks, set the tone for the viewership milestone, averaging 6,317,000 viewers on FOX, making it the most-watched World Cup Quarterfinal match in English or Spanish since at least 1990, including US matches. The game ended 2-2 after extra time.
Both of these countries have needed luck on their side to get to this point, with England needing penalties to get past Colombia, and Croatia prevailing twice in shootouts - against Denmark and Russian Federation.
Asked about potential weaknesses in the England team, Dalic, who only took over as coach in October, replied: "I wouldn't say there are any glaring weaknesses - they are in the semi-finals, that says it all".
"This was a good game, and a attractive one". A battle for the semis. "Thank God everything is fine with him".
However, the team's unexpected run came to an end at the hands of Croatia but not before dragging the game to penalties on Saturday. I feel joy, a feeling of peace because I am ending on a high note.
So impressive in the centre of the park for Croatia has Modric been, that he is now one of the favourites to win the Golden Ball, but the experienced midfielder insists he is only focused on his teams success. I don't cry often but now I have good cause.
Set pieces have been the main source of goals at the tournament in Russian Federation - 42 percent, no less - and England has been the master of that department on its run to Wedneday's semifinal match against Croatia. This is a great result.
"We must rest now but I am sure we will have enough energy to face England because there is hardly a greater motivation than a World Cup semi-final. We want to bring a medal home and see how it shines". Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said the team had played with all the heart and soul.
'We have two matches to play and we are very motivated. We are very motivated. We are giving our all.
"They were sending them to their mums, dads and grandparents who wouldn't believe them when they said how similar I looked!"
"They breezed past Sweden". They've shown courage, resilience and style are hoping to go one better than their side of 1990 which fell at this stage of the World Cup to West Germany on penalties.
Not many gave the lowest-ranked side at the World Cup a chance to even progress out of the group stages. It's all 50-50. You have to fight it out.
Former Real Madrid man Denis Cheryshev put the hosts in front in the 31st minute before Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric restored parity eight minutes later. "This is the character of the teams remaining".