Despite that, Modric's three man-of-the-match performances and two winning penalties from Rakitic in shootout wins over Denmark and Russian Federation have seen them match Croatia's best-ever World Cup performance 20 years ago in France.
Belgium will now face England or Croatia in the third-place match at the St. Petersburg Stadium on Sunday morning. As President Emmanuel Macron sprang in the air to celebrate his nation's victory, the Belgian royals King Philippe and Queen Mathilde appeared glum in their seats beside him (pictured, centre).
However, that did not stop hundreds of thousands of Les Bleus fans wildly celebrating the team reaching the 2018 showpiece in Russian Federation with a 1-0 victory over Belgium.
England were comfortable winners over Sweden in their last game, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli.
Kylian Mbappe said he never imagined - "not even in my wildest dreams" - that he could help France reach the World Cup final after Les Bleus saw off Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.
The team's next job is to rest up and watch England and Croatia to see who it will be facing off against.
"Obviously we know we are playing in the World Cup, in the semi-final".
She added that, "I sat on my own in the lounge watching the game [against Sweden] and when Dele scored, it was incredible and I was screaming at the telly, 'Well done Dele, well done".
"We know we have some unbelievable players and a great manager and everyone is clear on what we want to do".
"We would like to host them and share with them the happiness of football, hoping that this can go some way to helping them after everything they've been through in the last few weeks".
With 10 minutes left and Belgium pressing, Lloris flew off his line to his left to push away a powerful shot from midfielder Axel Witsel.
Come tomorrow it could be Croatia star Modric with whom Alli will want to swap jerseys.