Croatia equalised in the 68th minute, thanks to a goal by Ivan Perisic who profited on some weak defensive work by England, who looked below-par in the second half.
The players meet again on Wednesday when Croatia and England clash and, with a place in the World Cup final at stake, there is no better time and chance for Lovren to finally redeem himself.
World Cup semi-final opponents England and Croatia's fines over sponsorship protocols are both approximately 10 times the fine that the Russian soccer federation was hit with after its fans were seen unfurling a banner featuring neo-Nazi messaging.
But after an uplifting campaign, we should reflect on the positives, says The Guardian's Barney Ronay. "Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".
Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.
Dalic was asked by global reporters if his side would be exhausted for Sunday's final against France after playing extra-time for a third straight match - just as British journalists asked him if they would be exhausted after two lots of extra-time before the semi-final.
The referees clearly didn't agree with the supposed loophole, leaving England players red faced in the middle of the pitch.
Causing troubleRaheem Sterling caused Croatia all sorts of problems with his pace and movement. We can win knockout games, and we can get to semifinals, but the next step is to go one further. "But now it's got a good foundation, so we just need to build on that and make sure we build an empire from it".
"But the team will be stronger for that and as we reflect over the next few days, there will be a lot more positives".
"But when you´ve got to this point, and we´ve played as well as we have, you want to take those opportunities in life".
But the bottom line is they will now be facing France in the final: not England.
The Croatians and their fans will all be back on Sunday for the final, their first ever.
However, this time he was far more direct, playing on the last shoulder of the Croatian backline and zooming off towards goal rather than retreating away from it.