Well, if not all, but many rooted for England and 'It's Coming Home' echoed both on the field and on the internet. Pundits and many showed lesser faith in Croatia as a promising team, they were also called 'the walking dead' by the English media. But Mario Mandzukic's winning goal had a different story to tell and it's also the first time that the country will be seen playing the World Cup final. And to top it all they'll play former world champions - France.
Soon after, congratulatory messages for the winning team that marched to the finals are all over web, but here's what's also doing the rounds. Post after post, tweet after tweet, netizens have been taking a dig at Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic, who reportedly refused to sit on the substitute bench for his pride was larger than that. He eventually went back home, while reports also talk of his back injury, netizen aren't buying that.
One of the posts floating online also mentions, "Last night his teammates reached the country's first ever World Cup final. While Kalinic is sitting at home."
The disclaimer and caution moral line read, "Don't be Kalinic."
I want you to meet Nikola Kalinic. He came to the World Cup as part of Croatia's squad. He's a talented striker. He reportedly refused to come in as a sub in the group stage win over Nigeria.
He was then sent home as a result.
Don't be like Nikola Kalinic.
Talking of the big game, the stunning free-kick by England's Kieran Trippier in the fifth minute also reinstalled the faith that 'It's Coming Home'. But like the popular sports saying goes, 'the game's on, until the last whistle is blown'. And the match played between England and Croatia was a testimony to that fact.
The match took a turn after Ivan Perisic scored and equalised the score at the second half at the 68th minute, followed by the winning goal and rest is history.
"No-one gave us a chance before this World Cup, but with our quality, desire, togetherness and fighting spirit we have shown throughout the tournament, we are in the final," Mandzukic told the media after the match.