Croatia have sacked one of their coaching staff, Ognjen Vukojevic after he posted a pro-Ukraine video following the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in the World Cup quarter-finals.
The victor in Wednesday's semifinal match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will return there for a final on Sunday against France, which beat Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
"After 1998 [when Croatia lost to France in the semifinals], this is the best team for Croatia at a World Cup, and I believe they will win in the final".
Dozens of people took to Winnipeg streets to chant and sing following a viewing party at St. Nicholas Tavelich Croatian Parish on Main Street.
Both teams went on strong offensives testing each other from the onset of the match, but it was England to open the score by England's defender Kieran Trippier going just six minutes into the game.
"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", he said.
Their next game, the last of this year's World Cup, will undoubtedly be the biggest sporting moment in the history of Croatia since becoming an independent nation in 1991.
Earlier players partied inside the dressing room in a raucous atmosphere as they toasted reaching the final four of the tournament.
"Coach Zlatko Dalić has done a wonderful job, all the players are united and they're playing well". Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery, and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament soccer has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title. "I'm very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".
England fans are confident they are closer than ever to regaining the World Cup.
"We were the better team in all aspects of the game", said Dalic. "The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup fixture is 2".
Over half the current squad were not even born when England last played a semi-final in world football's top tournament, while manager Gareth Southgate was born four years after their last final in 1966.