Needing penalties to squeak past both Denmark (Round of 16) and Russia (Quarter-finals), Mario Mandzukic then scored a 109th minute winner to complete a come-back victory against England in the semi-final.
Watch below as we trace the Vatreni’s route to the World Cup Final where they will meet France this Sunday at 19:00 (UAE time) in Moscow.
Many pundits are billing it as the World Cup Final come five days early.
Sport 360’s own tactical guru – Brendon Netto – takes us through exactly how he thinks this pulsating first semi-final will unfold. Check out the video below.
And now they will face an even greater challenge when they meet in form England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday night (22:00 UAE time) for a place in the World Cup final.
Despite the exhaustion levels of his team coach Zlatko Dalic rates Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric as the best midfielders in the world and firmly believes that the duo can still lead the Vatreni to their first ever World Cup final. Watch what he said below.