Thousands had gathered in the country's capital Zagreb to cheer on their heroes and, after 120 agonizing minutes, they were not disappointed.
Luka Modric celebrates after scoring his penalty in the shoot-out win over Russian Federation.
Vrsaljko will now sit out of the semifinal against England on Wednesday, according to Marca, which will be a huge blow for Croatia following his solid defensive displays in the right back slot over the course of the tournament.
Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.
When they face England, both sides will already know whether France or Belgium have reached the final. But you have a great team and it will be a really hard game.
Some fans are expected to travel without tickets, partly because the FSF identified a loophole in Russia's visa-free system for the World Cup for ticketholders.
Dele Alli won his country a free-kick 20 yards out from goal with Trippier stepping up to take and the Tottenham full-back delivered a curling shot out of the reach of Danijel Subasic to send England fans insane.
As for big money wagers on the Three Lions' success, one punter put £25k on England yesterday and stands to win £95k.
For England, it was another tale of footballing hope which ended with despair.
Eric Dier heaped praise on Croatia duo Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric, warning that England must contain them if they are to book a first World Cup final spot in 52 years.
As has become customary throughout the tournament, fans in East London celebrated Kieran Trippier's (opening) goal by throwing thousands of full pints into the air. The crowd in the marque went wild.
With 30 minutes to go in this game I think England will run away with it and win comfortably.
Hundreds of fans add to the surroundings, amidst the cooling temperature of the evening.
But, as is always the case supporting England, it was far from plain sailing.
However and wherever you are planning to watch tonight's match do have an enjoyable time, but please do not be ripped off by paying the ridiculous prices that some venues are charging people to simply get into their venues to watch the match.
Hyde Park, previously a scene of jubilation, fell completely silent. "We are glad to see you".