Croatia will take on France in their first World Cup final on Sunday afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
"It's brought everyone together at a time when they needed it", said teacher Louise Smith, 34, as she celebrated the game in Hyde Park with friends. "If I had a vote [in the Ballon d'Or], I would vote for Luka". "I'm glad it didn't go to penalty shootouts".
Croatia has booked their first ever final berth against France on Sunday after registering a 2-1 win over England in extra time, in what was a fiercely contested encounter in Moscow.
It would have been the nation's first final since they won in 1966 but an extra time goal from Mario Mandzukic left dreams shattered.
"Croatia in World Cup finals! It's great to be in final", he said. "Rakitic I haven't played against but I played against Modric twice this year in the Champions League and everyone knows what he did in the Premier League".
Per CBS Sports, "England enters this semifinal match at +130 World Cup odds on the money line, meaning you'd need to bet $100 on an English victory to win $130".
Across the city, the Grove Pub and Restaurant on Stafford Street was at capacity with hopeful England fans.
Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win. "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". I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.
Peter Corcoran watched on the edge of his seat, alongside his family and friends.
A World Cup of surprises concludes with a final of contrasts.
Tearful England fans share a hug following the team's loss to Croatia.
"That belongs to a lot of French people who lived through it, but not to the young generation".
"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final". The audience at the match between England and Croatia totaled 78,011 spectators.
"It's tough, we're gutted", he said.