France and Croatia will fight for the right to be called the World Cup champion.
"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", the photographer told AFP news agency later.
The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.
Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.
"It's been the strangest World Cup".
With sound positioning and good attacking play including a special goal against Argentina, Pavard has exceeded expectation.
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Loud cheers rang out after each goal, fans waved the red and white national flag, and after the final whistle Croatian TV showed wild celebrations breaking out in towns and cities. "We've all grown up watching England and to represent your country at a semi-final of a World Cup, there's no better feeling".
Politicians also added their praise, with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeting: "A heartbreaking way to go out but won't forget what a great tournament it's been for England".
"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals". But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars. They have given us so much to shout about.
One of them was Gareth Southgate, the head coach and manager of the English soccer team.
Croatia are hardly a team of no names, however, a fact that Dalic was quick to point out when asked if England had disrespected his team with their confidence before the semifinal.
Meanwhile, the most popular three words for home team Russian Federation are "host", "fans" and "low-ranking".
"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan.