With Trippier and Ashley Young under pressure, England's midfield began to be stretched with Jordan Henderson taking on an unmanageable workload and Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli more preoccupied with helping out the defenders than asking questions of Croatia's backline.
The country of around 4 million people came to a standstill as Croatians watched the game on screens in squares and cafes.
"We can confirm that a report has been filed in relation to chants of a possible discriminatory nature by English fans", said Federation Internationale de Football Association.
Overall, it's not a surprise Belgium is favored, as it has looked like the better team in this tournament and has more talent.
In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again.
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He will be crucial in the final against Croatia taking on the unsafe Perisic and Rebic but is capable of handling the task.
However, fans said the side had "finished further than anyone dreamed". "And during the game as I wanted to make substitutions, all of the players kept saying "Not me, not me".
The 46-year-old pundit absolutely nailed it. They say you don't know what you've got until it's gone, so let's embrace this tournament, during the lull before the final grand hurrah and inevitable conclusion. "Croatia deserved to win", Mark Burcher, 50, said.
Croatia, a small east European nation of just 40 lakh population, became the lowest ranked team ever to reach a World Cup final to be held on Sunday in Moscow.
It's the second time the two teams have met at the tournament and the second time that the outcome of their match will be relatively inconsequential.
"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan.