The first semi-final, to be played on Tuesday between France and Belgium, was confirmed after the former eliminated Uruguay 2-0 and the latter caused an upset by eliminating Brazil, the other South American representative, 2-1 on Friday.
After Fernandes' failure, Modric got lucky when his strike found the opposite side of the net to that following touches off Akinfeev's glove and the post.
"I think that yesterday or the day before was 20 years since that (Germany) game - history is repeating itself, it doesn't have to be 3-0, 1-0 would suffice", he said of the July 4 clash in Lyon.
Russian Federation came back into the game five minutes before the end of the extra time as Mario Fernandes scored to force the match into penalties.
"We said we can only prove our worth by working hard - I believe not only did people start to trust us, but the entire country of Russian Federation is in love with us, they know what the national team is worth". Croatia are in the semi-finals.
Croatia hadn't advanced this far at the World Cup since the 1998 World Cup, which was its first appearance. This World Cup campaign is also probably the last time for a cohort of talented players like Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mandzukic to sign off with global silverware. In the first halftime, we should have had more control of the ball, while in the second half we were dominant.
His hand was forced when Sime Vrsaljko went down with a knee injury early in extra time and Dalic was forced to use his final substitution to replace the defender. After that match, Subasic revealed he had been playing in tribute to a dead friend.
Kramarić is Croatia's seventh different player to score a goal for the side in the 2018 World Cup. "We have two matches to play, we are very motivated, we will give our all", Dalic said, adding that the competition is wide open.
The question is whether Tite will want to stay - many say he already has offers from some top European teams.
"We leave the tournament with tears in our eyes but our heads held high", the team tweeted as the stadium emptied of the 45,000 or so who had lost their voices cheering them on.