Speaking to reporters a day after his side's historic win, Dalic said: "There is always some extra motivation and we always respect our opponents".
Men held their heads in their hands and others kicked out at thin air before walking heavily away into the night.
As expected, tonight's match proved to be an entertaining one for the neutrals and a stressful experience for English supporters, who have always been claiming that this is the year it finally comes home again. We must go again and try and achieve our dreams.
"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible". We owe that to ourselves - and I know we will. "Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style". We can at least defend two crosses. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be fearless.
Harry Kane, who has six goals, could end the tournament with the Golden Boot - he could improve his tally in the third place play-off tomorrow - but at this stage he will take little consolation from the coveted honour.
"Modric has had a brilliant season with Real Madrid and here, he's still sprinting about the pitch in the 115th minute", said the coach. "We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don't have a proper stadium to play that game". It is an opportunity lost.
"It's a huge step forward and they'll only get better in the future", he tweeted.
"I can be very happy with my life", Dalic said, adding that "without strong faith and that motivation, it would be very hard to achieve it". As well as our first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, our first win in a knock-out game since 2006 and our first win in a World Cup penalty shootout, he has given us hope, and something to cheer. We started a bit too casually, and England deserved to score. Hopefully, he does well, he is a good friend of mine. "They played well and made it difficult for us.it's hard to put your finger of it".