England were comfortable in the first half and they should have taken advantage of some risky situations, but they were ultimately unable to and they paid for it in the second half with Croatia upping the intensity and giving England a good game before finally getting an equaliser through Perisic.
Neither of those overall performances, however, were worthy of potential World Cup winners, nor did they seem to do justice to the quality of Croatia's line-up, which is one of the most gifted in Russian Federation.
"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying, "OK, today we will see who will be tired".
"We showed again we were not exhausted", he said.
Thousands of fans will be on Zagreb's main square and at bars in town again and in true Croatian style, they will come with flares and fireworks in hand ready to celebrate.
"We are in the final. We have to be proud".
"We were lucky, thank God, and I was concentrated throughout the match, but after the penalties it came bursting out of me".
"Honestly, individual awards are not important for me. You have to learn from your mistakes", he added. They had a real chance to reach the semi-finals, but at the critical moment some of the athletes have not sustained nerves, and they did not realize the 11-meter kicks.
It did not appear to be coming from sections of the stadium where England supporters were concentrated.