Croatia's strength of character will serve them well in the World Cup final against France, their coach and players said after they came from behind for the third straight knockout match to beat England on Wednesday.
Mark and other local residents then made a decision to put the flags back up, but expanded the area they were decorating, onto other streets as well.
England Football Tweeted to their fans to thank them for support throughout the Russian Federation 2018 campaign.
But neither side are in a mood for nostalgia or using the past as motivation.
In the end, neither Croatia nor England was expected to make it this deep into the tournament, but here they are and France is waiting.
'The World Cup is 1,000 times bigger today; when we played at the World Cup we weren't even playing much in Europe and had been beaten in a previous tournament by the United States of America 1-0.
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Neither team came to Russian Federation being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits.
A more downbeat message from the Guardian alongside an image of Southgate hugging Kyle Walker.
Croatia toughed it out in an extra-time thriller against England to reach the final for the first time in their history as an independent country. "We'll be there and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity seeing them in the World Cup".
'But in extra-time we came back into the game, showed composure and the biggest thing is the supporters at the end, the reaction.
He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened".
His friend Joe Carter, 43, from York, added: "We really thought it was going to be different - this was our chance".
A nagging worry about England involved whether there is a structural weakness in Gareth Southgate's version of 3-5-2.
"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", said photographer Yuri Cortez, who was positioned next to the pitchside advertising boards. You give everything you have, build friendships with your team, give everything for your country and play in a way that you hope connects with the fans.