The Croatians are enjoying their best World Cup since coming third at the tournament in France in 1998 and are aiming to keep the festivities going by beating Russian Federation and booking a semi-final berth against either Sweden or England.
As the game went to extra time, and then penalties, the beers kept flowing and Mandzukic's bar tab sailed past 3000 pounds ($5325), according to Croatian news site 24Sata who said the 32-year-old outlaid 25,000 kuna toward the bill.
The defender is not ready for his World Cup dream to be over as he targets a first England final since 1966. Subasic was able to play through extra time and again made a key save in the penalty shootout as Croatia won 4-3 and advanced to the semifinals for the second time in its history.
England beat Croatia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in 2009. "Thank you for your support, I'm happy to see so many people here".
The Lightning Seeds "Three Lions", England's official song when it hosted the 1996 European Championship, with its repeated chorus of "football's coming home" has hit No. 5 this week on YouTube UK's top music videos charts with more than 2 million views on the day of England's last match.
And it earned the exhausted group a date with England in the semifinals.
He said: "We have a great deal of respect for them".
Barcelona midfielder Rakitic scored the decisive spot-kick as Croatia beat Russian Federation 4-3 on penalties after a dramatic quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time. That made it back-to-back shootouts for Croatia following its narrow win over Denmark in the round of 16.
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"There are no words to describe the emotions", Rakitic said in Sochi on Friday, 24 hours before his side take on hosts Russian Federation in the last eight.
Zlatko Dalic's Croatia were vulnerable defensively too.
He said: "We have power left for England". "We did not want to risk some passes that would tip the balance in our favour". That leaves him free to play against England.
But their performances gave Russian players instant national hero's status and the country the right to be proud of a run no one had expected less than a month ago.
Many on the team were impressive during the tournament, however, and could now demand vastly improved salaries, including Dzyuba, creative midfielder Alexander Golovin and fullback Mario Fernandes.
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Ignashevich also captained CSKA Moscow to the 2005 Uefa Cup title. All 20 previous World Cup-winning coaches were born in the nation they led to the title.