"I mean it: the best ever World Cup, number one World Cup, ever", said Marko, who was attending the game as part of a larger group of Croatian fans outside Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, on Russia's Black Sea coast.
Croatia will now face England on Wednesday in Moscow and after two long and tiring games they will surely start as heavy-legged underdogs.
After 10 years of Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi dominating the Ballon d'Or, there has been talk that leading his country to World Cup glory could see Modric break the pair's stranglehold on the award for the world's best player.
They have never reached a World Cup final, but finished third in the 1998 tournament.
"At certain times we lacked power but we played two times 120 minutes of football in six days", Modric said.
However, a bigger issue for coach Zlatko Dalic will be how to get more decisive performances from his top players.
"If anyone's got any tickets out there, we're desperate for the semi-final", said Holder in the van before striking out for Moscow, just over 1,000 km (600 miles) north-west of Samara. I am happy that i have been a part of this team, this coach and our football country for nearly 20 years. "They are still great guys for us, they are heroes", said Peskov.
For many fans, the fact that Russian Federation lost only in a penalty shootout against a team widely considered to be one of the most skilled in the tournament was a victory in itself.
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"It's a proud moment for us all when we put on the jersey and I'm going to grab it with both hands, run with it and enjoy it as much as we can".
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