And, specifically for the crowds back in England, it was a chance to fling all those pints of beer high overhead.
Croatia will look to get over the historical hump of never winning, while the French will look to move past recent failures like their loss to Portugal in their home country during the last match of the 2016 Euro Cup.
England manager Gareth Southgate says the dressing room is "a hard place at the moment", after his side went out to Croatia in extra-time in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.
"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.
If England is to advance, it will have to get through Croatia, which has its own history of World Cup futility.
Most of the England players' partners have joined them out in Russian Federation, and been pictured in the stands supporting them at matches.
"But I also don't want to miss England in the World Cup final", said David, a 42-year-old from Leeds. His first goal for England.
UEFA said Wednesday it is awaiting developments to assess Vrbanovic's role as a member of European soccer's committee overseeing national team competitions.
A day after France advanced to Sunday's final in Moscow with a 1-0 victory over Belgium, the focus of the tournament is now turning to the other semi-final game, England against Croatia in Moscow. "I'll go even if England don't make it, the atmosphere will be great".
"We deserved to reach the final".
If they win, they head to the final against France.
The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) in a statement on Tuesday said it had revoked Vukojevic's accreditation at the World Cup and relieved him of his duties as an associate of the Croatia coaching staff.