Slaven Bilic lamented Croatia's lack of luck as they crashed out of Euro 2012 against reigning champions Spain.
The Croats deployed a tactically astute plan to contain the free-flowing attack of the Spanish, which worked for the majority of the game.
Croatia, though, will rue the opportunities they spurned before Jesus Navas was summoned from the bench to notch the only goal of the contest for Spain.
Indeed, the display of Croatia against the best team in the world evoked a sense of pride in the former West Ham and Everton defender.
But his sense of regret was still acute in the aftermath of their defeat.
"The game plan was to thwart Spain in the first half and have a go at them in the second," said Bilic.
"It worked and we did everything right except score. We came here to go all the way and we failed because we lacked that tiny bit of luck that makes all the difference."