Thousands of fans gathered at major outdoor screenings for the knockout games as World Cup fever gripped the nation.
"This is an awesome achievement for us - it's a dream come true after such a long time".
"We have two days to prepare".
Those two moments of excellence helped Croatia reach its first World Cup final following a 2-1 win over England on Wednesday, setting up a title match against France.
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I repeat all the time: never give up, never give up anything. "It's not the same feeling - we know we still have one game to win. As of the release of this post, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final is in the 54th minute, with France up 2-1 over Croatia.
"But I've said all along we're not flawless, we're not the finished article".
Most Rev Justin Welby praised Gareth Southgate's men for their "incredible" participation in the tournament, after the side lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-final stage.
"At the moment we all feel the pain of defeat".
"For these players, many have come of age on an global stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done", Southgate added.
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"If you want to play for England you have to cope with that".
Following the defeat, fans took to Twitter using #itsnotcominghome - but some remain hopeful this tournament will prove a springboard for future success.
"We wanted to go on and win it and we thought we had enough to go through but it wasn't to be". In extra time, he leaped high to block John Stones' header, keeping Croatia in the game before Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal about 10 minutes later.
England's World Cup campaign comes to an end at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg as they take on Belgium to determine who will finish third.
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That's proved to be the case, although they have relied on large part on grit and determination to see them through the knockout stages, beating Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties before seeing off England in extra time.