As Croatia prepared to face Russian Federation in Saturday's quarter-final, Rakitic shared his reaction to learning Iniesta was on the substitute's bench.
The following time in the first half saw the referee booking two Croatian players.
"One of the most important tasks for our team is to contain Modric, because he is a leading player in the Croatian team".
The draw of 1-1 remained flashing on the scoreboard as both teams retreated for the 15-minute break ahead of the second half, .
On Saturday night in Sochi, Grabar-Kitarovic's red-and-white check shirt was initially concealed beneath a piercing red pantsuit, and the opening exchange of goals as celebrated by handshakes with Russia's prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, who was sitting one place away, with Federation Internationale de Football Association head Gianni Infantino between them.
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It goes to extra time.
During the group stage, Croatia won all three matches, including a 3-0 rout of Argentina, and finished top of Group D, before beating Denmark on penalties in the last 16.
After extra time ended with the score level at 2-2, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was Croatia's penalty hero, denying Fedor Smolov before seeing Mario Fernandes fire wide.
Croatia's Luka Modric, left, celebrates after he scores the penalty shootout during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018.
But the fans also celebrated how far their team - the lowest-ranking side to qualify for this year's World Cup - had come, with crowds dancing and chanting "Russia" in the streets.