England were the favourites heading in to the semifinal, but it wasn't to be, and those watching at home were left distraught, some in tears.
The mutual appreciation between squad and fans was slightly marred by news on Thursday that Federation Internationale de Football Association had opened disciplinary proceedings against the FA following a report of possible discriminatory chanting by England supporters during the Croatia match.
In Moscow, Croatia fans said they were taken aback by their side's win.
"Coach Zlatko Dalić has done a wonderful job, all the players are united and they're playing well".
England's midfielder Dele Alli (L) and England's midfielder Jesse Lingard (R) react after a missed chance during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.
Hyde Park was a mess as everyone went home.
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"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final", he said.
The draw at 90 minutes led to a heated extra time period with during which England's Dele Alli and Croatia's Ivan Rakitic almost came to blows.
Some may see this as a negative, but England's set-piece prowess is only a good thing, as they look a threat at every corner and free-kick that they get.
"Soccer, for Croatians, means a lot". 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.
Would Katich be able to sleep on Sunday night? I don't realistically think any of us did.
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Croatia fans in NZ party at fulltime.