Croatia booked their semi-final place against England thanks to another penalty shoot-out success, this time against hosts Russian Federation after the sides were level at 2-2 following extra-time.
Zlatko Dalic's men thought they had won the game when centre-back Domagoj Vida put them in front in extra time, only for Russia's Mario Fernandes to head home in the 115th minute and snatch a thrilling 2-2 draw.
"Of course there is some power left for the English", he told a post-match press conference.
"I left everything on the field and unfortunately we were unlucky", Russian Federation midfielder Roman Zobnin said.
She added: "We have been very clear as to why we took that decision in relation to ministers".
Russia's unexpected World Cup run ended on penalties after a thrilling quarter-final against Croatia on Saturday, and the hosts left the stage having earned the admiration of fans both home and overseas for their indomitable spirit.
Modric may be the favorite for the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament thus far.
England will bid to reach their first World Cup final in more than half a century when they meet Croatia in the last four on Wednesday. Croatia came back eight minutes later and the hosts were on the ropes for long periods, holding on, putting out fires like an overworked Fire Department. "It will be a battle again", he said.
Team official and former worldwide Ognjen Vukojevic was expelled from the delegation for making a pro-Ukraine video with defender Domagoj Vida.
Thibaut Courtois made a string of brilliant saves to keep Brazil at bay, Jordan Pickford made three magnificent stops to keep Sweden out, Hugo Lloris made out great save against Uruguay for France when the score was still 0-0 and Danijel Subasic was once again an intimidating presence in the penalty shootout as Croatia got past Russian Federation.
"Another drama for us", said Real Madrid midfielder Modric.
"I don't want to jinx it as we're not there, but I'd love it to happen".
"It's all there, it's all apparent and we've just got to prepare them as well as we can for the game".
But this is a player whose reputation took a battering at home before the tournament due to his implication in the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic. "Let's not be happy with what we have achieved and go ahead". "We will enjoy this game and hopefully we can make history".
"According to reports, the president had flown to Russian Federation in economy class as she wanted to show the world that she's a football fan, just 'like anyone else".