Twenty years on, Dalic has led his country to a first World Cup final and has the opportunity to avenge the painful defeat by Les Bleus.
France will have 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in St Petersburg on Tuesday.
"We were planning to leave, but now we have to stay until Monday", said Sinisa Pavlek, a Croatian living in Germany as he emerged from the stadium with a broad smile on his face.
Plenkovic was referring to Blazevic, the legendary coach with whom Croatia finished third at the World Cup in France twenty years ago.
Federation Internationale de Football Association launches investigation into fans’ chants of ‘no surrender’
It is understood that more than 20 supporters were identified by the authorities and they lost their FAN-IDs and were sent home. The fines started at 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) for a first incident.
It's been a thrilling tournament in Russian Federation but one pundit has known for some time that England would lose to Croatia in the last four.
Steven Gerrard says England deserve a hero's reception when they return from the World Cup and admits Gareth Southgate's men did better than his Golden Generation ever could.
Although football did not come home in the shape of the World Cup trophy after all, Gareth Southgate's team won widespread praise for their exploits on the field and their charm offensive off the pitch. "I'd be amazed", He told ITV.
"This was our problem for 10 years, we had great individuals but no unity and that's why I had to build that unity of goal in the team". The two teams had already clinched a spot in the knockout round when they played each other in the Group G finale which gave them a chance to rest players.
Plenkovic, who returned from Moscow where he attended the semi-final, congratulated the squad on a "fascinating success for Croatian sports and football".
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