"Only great teams can be as courageous as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", said Mandzukic, whose side face France in Sunday's final after their 2-1 extra-time win.
They matched the feat of their predecessors in 1998 who reached the semi-finals in the country's first World Cup as an independent nation.
In PP's weekly Pensions Buzz survey of readers, exactly 50% of 96 respondents said they believe England will win the football World Cup after waiting an epic 52 years.
Belgium and England will play in the third place game on Saturday, July 14. Known for his man-management skills, Blazevic inspired Croatia to the knockout stages of Euro 96, where they were beaten by eventual winners Germany, before going even further two years later.
"It's the best run I've ever seen in my lifetime, so obviously pretty upsetting the way that it went", said Stu Hutchinson. I can not remember the last time national euphoria over football was so palpable."It is perhaps no wonder that the loudest cheerleader of their World Cup run is their President, who is up for re-election in just over a year".
"Modric is a worldclass player and extremely effective for his country, for his club - and he has been one of the best players at this World Cup".
Not even a dramatic late spot-kick failure in the last 16 against Denmark could derail Modric's superb tournament, the Real Madrid man a strong contender for the Golden Ball at Russian Federation 2018.
"The difference sadly is a set play in a very close and tight game", lamented Belgium boss Roberto Martinez. "They have just displayed the qualities they have, that is all". "They are young but they have character, a (winning) mentality".
Should the same XI that started the game against Sweden line up to face Croatia?How to follow:Live on BBC Radio 5 live, live text commentary online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV. Every match at this World Cup is like that.
The pensions industry is split straight down the middle on whether England will take home the trophy this Sunday, as tonight's semi-final against Croatia looms.
Croatia's all-time top scorer won the golden boot at the 1998 World Cup, having bagged six goals when the team made the semi-finals. It brings back a lot of good memories.
Earlier players partied inside the dressing room in a raucous atmosphere as they toasted reaching the final four of the tournament.
Kevin Anderson , left, rallied from two sets down to deny Roger Federer's bid to win his ninth Wimbledon title this year. Federer suffered his earliest exit at Wimbledon since a shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.
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Three Lions is on course to hit number one in the United Kingdom singles chart on Friday, confirms the Official Charts Company. Fighting for the chance to take on France in the final, England scored yet another set piece goal just minutes into the match.
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Salisbury Hospital said overnight that Charlie Rowley has experienced a "small but significant improvement" and is now conscious. Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at the hospital, said: "While this is welcome news, we are not out of the woods yet".
For whatever reason, today I was so calm. "After the first set, I just said, 'Let's go three sets.' I just kept fighting". Her most recent victory came in the Round of 16 where she easily defeated Evgeniya Rodina in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
According to GlobalWebIndex, just under a fifth of Sports Fans say they use social media to watch or follow sports events. The men's final is scheduled to take place at 2pm on Sunday while the World Cup final starts two hours later at 4pm.
There was a look of glee in Del Potro's sometimes sad eyes, and his lumbering between-points walk had a bit more energy to it. Del Potro let two break-back points slip in the sixth game and then forced Nadal to save three more breaks for 5-3.
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We have two days to prepare. "We will go into this final to win it as we have still not gotten over the  final". Robert Prosinecki, a member of the 1998 squad, said: "I would so much like that they be better than us.
Tintin and Asterix have always been rivals in the world of the comic strips for both are popular for their entertainment and art. But the 27-year-old burst onto center stage in knockout matches as Martinez pushed him into a more attacking position.
He also said that he would be flying to Russian Federation to watch the final, adding: "I'm just waiting on my visa. No trophy this time but it feels like the start of something every Englishman could get used to".
The whole Good Morning Britain team donned their waistcoats to cheer on the England side on Wednesday morning. As England's semi-final match against Croatia looms residents across Somerset are getting ready to go wild.
But now the team stand just one match away from having the chance to emulate England's World Cup-winning team of 1966. Croatia's only defeat in six World Cup knockout games was against eventual champion France in the 1998 semifinal.
While the match was a one-sided affair, there was one moment during the first set that really impressed fan on the stands. The 36-year old will meet eighth seed Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinal on Wednesday.
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