Croatia progressed to the semi-finals of the World Cup after a second successive penalty shootout on Saturday but their inability to put away another unimpressive team over 90 minutes and extra time is a major worry for the Balkan side.
There's no way they couldn't be after ousting Denmark on penalties in the round of 16, then being forced to extra time again by host Russian Federation on Saturday night.
In the other quarter-final match, England defeated Sweden 2-0 to secure their place in the semi-finals where they will be facing Croatia.
Zlatko Dalic insists his Croatia team have not run out of steam before their World Cup semi-final against England after advancing through the previous two rounds on penalties.
Croatia's population is just over four million and, of the 32 countries at the 2018 World Cup, only Panama, Uruguay and Iceland are home to fewer people. First, his team needs to get past France on Tuesday to earn a spot in the final for the first time.
"Of course we wanted to go further", he admitted.
"We all fell in love with Russia", Infantino told a smiling Putin at recent televised meeting in the Kremlin. They finished third in 1998.
"To beat them, we'll have to make our own luck ... we'll have to be ready to suffer".
"The whole of our nation is euphoric, they are upbeat, there are parties going on when Croatia play, they are out in the squares, out in the cafes... it's great that our president is going to be there tomorrow", Dalic said.
In the streets around Red Square, fans from Peru, Mexico and Argentina were a vibrant presence from days before the World Cup started.
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic had a hamstring injury during extra time against Russian Federation but remained in the match and played his role when the game went to penalties.
England coach Gareth Southgate missed a penalty kick in the semifinals of that tournament in 1996 and said he couldn't listen to the song for 20 years.
Croatia's long periods of possession were largely unproductive, the final pass was invariably missing and they were surprised by Russia's aggressive approach.
"I'm not thinking about it, only about my national team succeeding", he said. He has worked very hard to get to this point. "We have succeeded I believe, but it's time to take a step forward". "We hope we have turned the situation for the better", the coach noted.
"I'm glad that I scored goals but the most important thing is to help the team".
A World Cup host city must have a hub for fans to meet and watch games on giant screens.