Jubilant Croatian fans honked their vehicle horns and let off fireworks while England fans sobbed and looked to the future with confidence after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor took Croatia to its first World Cup final.
To celebrate the unprecedented win, the entire Croatian cabinet swapped their usual formal dress for football jerseys during their session in the Croatian capital the following day.
Pitana has already refereed four games during the World Cup.
Defender Gary Cahill admits it is a peculiar game to have to play, coming off the back of the disappointment in Moscow, but he hopes a win will help to encourage more positivity around Gareth Southgate's side.
Football fans in Reading had a traumatic evening as they went through all the emotions as England crashed out of the World Cup. "Many of these players have come of age and I couldn't be prouder of them".
"The fans are excited to watch us again and that is how we have to keep it".
"I was there in France, in the Iceland game, and it was completely different to that", he said.
"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond". It said: "The more I see, the more important it is that when 'attacking this tournament" we tell our own story. Paul Merson gives his prediction and picks his key player. "I don't think so".
And eight years previously, when Germany beat England 4-1 in South Africa, depriving them of reaching the final eight, the general consensus in the media appeared to be that England were outplayed. "It's unlucky we couldn't bring it home for them, but hopefully there's time in the future".
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