Croatia went on to win the match in a penalty shootout.
"The most important for me is my team winning the World Cup".
Now, the final four teams are set, with two midweek semifinals set to see which two European teams will head to the Luzhniki Stadium next Sunday for the World Cup Final.
That caution is disappointing but if there is a silver lining for Dalic, it is that his team once again showed the mental strength to win on penalties - a not inconsiderable feat in front of a partisan 44,000 crowd in Sochi.
Belgium has Romelu Lukaku leading the line, with Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, and Eden Hazard playing behind the striker.
Three more goals ensured a dramatic comeback against Japan in the round of 16 before Belgium beat favourites Brazil 2-1 in their quarter-final on Friday.
They have scored 14 goals in five World Cup matches in Russian Federation, while topping a group featuring fellow semifinalists England and knocking favourites Brazil out in the quarterfinals.
Croatia grabbed the last place in the final four on Wednesday after eliminating hosts Russian Federation on penalties.
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The Frenchman reached the semifinals at the 2008 French Open and the 2016 US Open. Another ace, her 12th, gave her match point and a 13th the match.
Fernandes said he tried to support Fyodor Smolov, whose shot was also saved by Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
Prediction France have improved after a slow start in the group stages where they made hard work of Australia and Peru.
Ivan Strinic, Croatia's left-back, has always been the national team's scapegoat.
Modric (dodgy penalty attempts aside) has carried his Real Madrid Champions League form into the World Cup finals and remains at his peak at 32.
The playmaker, who won a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid before coming to Russian Federation, brushed off suggestions that his performance might put him in the running for the Ballon d'Or prize as the world's best player.
Rakitic remains the ideal foil to Modric.
Les Bleus dominated proceedings against a defensively stingy Uruguay, with N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba teaming up to overpower and thwart the South Americans in central midfield, while Antoine Griezmann gave their defence plenty of fits with his deft movement both with and without the ball.
What he did against Russian Federation may be viewed back home as a greater accomplishment. We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England, we have one day less for preparation. Liverpool's Dejan Lovren and the scary Domagoj Vida hold the key to containing the England captain.