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The survey polled 1,600 respondents aged 18 and over. 'To be fair, we've had some good sportsmen like [Goran] Ivanisevic in tennis, he won Wimbledon, basketball is huge and we were good. Croatia and Belgium received 17 and 14 percent, respectively.

Desolation and dreams of what might have been littered the path out of Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow, as supporters trudged towards the metro and into the night. These games will decide the final winners.

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.

Speaking on the eve of Croatia's meeting with England, Dalic said: "We are a country where anything is possible, so there are no surprises".

"We have come an incredibly long way in a short period of time".

The players and fans sang the national anthem together before the team left the Fan Fest venue to chants of "Thank you".

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Vida, 29, headed Croatia in front in extra time, only for his effort to be cancelled out by Russia's Mario Fernandes in the dying embers of a thrilling encounter. "I think we believe that we can improve a lot but we will try to do that. I think we have had the right attitude and mentality and willingness to fight from the beginning".

Bilic was at the helm when Croatia were seconds away from the Euro 2008 semi-finals, only for Turkey to level and progress on penalties.

Five years later, the team achieved its greatest result, third at France 1998, and they are now back in the World Cup's semi-finals and hoping for more.

"Clearly, we wanted to go even further but sadly today we could not", coach Stanislav Cherchesov said, addressing the crowd.

"Now I've got to go". Or will Croatia put an end to the choruses of Football's Coming Home ringing out around the country? - the author of the article wonders.

Croatia struggled to find rhythm in their penalty shootout knockout game victories against Denmark and Russian Federation with boss Zlatko Dalic claiming the defensive style of their opponents stifled their creativity.

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