Croatia and England will meet in the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday evening, with both sides knowing that the winner will be back at the same venue on Sunday to contest the World Cup final.
Croatia have battled through this World Cup, after topping a group containing Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland, they have needed penalties against both Denmark and hosts Russia to reach the semi-final.
England have possibly had the easier route, beating Tunisia and Panama before losing to Belgium to finish second in their group. The Three Lions did need penalties to advance past Colombia before a largely comfortable 2-0 win over Sweden saw them into the last four.
This will be only the sixth competitive meeting between the two nations, with a mixed bag of results for both teams.
Ahead of the crunch match, we take a look back at previous results between the two countries:
Euro 2004: Croatia 2-4 England
This game was Wayne Rooney’s breakout performance on the international stage. England produced a largely dominant display to book their place in the quarter-final of Euro 2004, where they would lose to Portugal on penalties.
Euro 2008 Qual: Croatia 2-0 England
The first of two abject defeats to Croatia in Euro 2008 qualifying, Eduardo’s header and an embarrassing own goal from Gary Neville sent England to defeat in Zagreb.
Euro 2008 Qual: England 2-3 Croatia
A match that earned Steve McClaren the nickname ‘The Wally with the Brolly’. England only needed a point to secure qualification for Euro 2008 but goals from Kranjcar, Olic and Petric meant England were out and McClaren got the sack. The less said about this game the better really…
World Cup 2010 Qual: Croatia 1-4 England
England would seek revenge on Croatia just under 10 months later with a thumping win in Zagreb. 19 year-old Theo Walcott became the youngest player to score a hat-trick for England, Wayne Rooney also got on the scoresheet.
World Cup 2010 Qual: England 5-1 Croatia
England secured qualification for the World Cup in South Africa with a dominant 5-1 win. Braces from Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard and another from Rooney went some way to banish the memories of that wet November night just two years previous.