The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.
Danny, who lives in West London and works for Hackney Council, is now waiting to see if his lookalike's golden touch will take England all the way to Sunday's final.
FIFA World Cup Ambassador and former Miss Russia Victoria Lopyreva smiles during an interview in Moscow, Russia July 9, 2018. And I think we will be celebrating whatever the outcome, no-one expected either team to get this far.
The team landed in Moscow just after 3:30 pm CET on Sunday after a memorable night in Sochi beating the hosts Russian Federation.
"We watched the game today and saw how good they are from dead-ball situations", captain Luka Modric said. Ignashevich, 38, is in fact quitting the game for good, acknowledging it was a hard decision to take but was quoted as saying that "I could have hardly imagined to end my career with such a highlight".
Andrej Kramaric had drawn Croatia level with five minutes left in the first half, canceling out Denis Cheryshev's opener, before Domagoj Vida struck in extra time to score what appeared to be the winning goal.
The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, said for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements. There is a real buzz about the team and hopefully we can get the win and go to the final.
The World Cup champions curse continued as Joachim Loew's men were dumped out in the group stage. Their generation are more than heroes for us, ' added Rakitic.
Croatia often looked reluctant to attack and Modric's words after the game hinted at a lack of adventure that will surely cost them sooner or later. "That in future we talk about them", said Blazevic, now 83, and known in Croatia as the "coach of all coaches".
"I could talk about it for days, but I hope to talk about Croatia and this World Cup for years".