Wednesday's 2-1 victory over England in Moscow sent the Croatians into Sunday's final against France, a third straight knockout match in which they had been forced to play extra-time.
With sound positioning and good attacking play including a special goal against Argentina, Pavard has exceeded expectation.
We'll have to see how the teams look when starting lineups post, but for a second time this cup, Belgium is the favorite against England and should continue to be, unless Belgium rests its stars and England players its big boys.
Tense moments followed for the 12th man as Croatia tried to pile the pressure on and fans had their hearts in their mouths when the score was only kept level by some desperate England defending.
"The players found it hard to cope with the pressure in that game". To be honest, it might even have been the best in my lifetime.
"We've asked the team to take on board a lot of new ways of working, and they've really embraced that". I've looked at it every day since - and it was the first thing I looked at when we got back this morning.
I walked around the city with my son for two or three hours before the Croatia game and all the England fans we saw were having a great time, which is the way it should be. They have given us so much to shout about.
Dele Alli's model girlfriend Ruby Mae was there to support her nab while there was hugs all round for manager Gareth Southgate with his wife Alison and and teenage children Mia, 19, and Flynn, 15.
The Three Lions' failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years was greeted with desolation in the stadium in Moscow.
Across teams, there have been a number of players who have stolen the headlines for their displays and maybe rightly so but there have been many who put in superb shifts for the team.
"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan.
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