Croatia given heroes' welcome in Zagreb after World Cup final defeat

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He produced one of the saves of the tournament when he leapt to his left to tip over a Neymar curler in the dying seconds of the quarter-final against Brazil to keep the score at 2-1. Then there was an own goal from a set play.

The inspiration of Luka Modric, the anchor provided by Ivan Rakitic and attacking prowess of Mario Mandzukic will all be needed again if Croatia are to continue their fairytale run and lift the gold-plated trophy.

In Moscow, where tens of thousands of fans traveled to watch the game, there were tears of joy among the sea of red, white and blue.

Earlier noisy fans awaited their side's appearance by singing a popular song "Play on my Croatia, when I see you my heart is on fire!" while watching the plane carrying the team progress to the capital on a giant TV screen. "I was here the whole month and attended all France's games".

Before taking over the national team, his playing career was far superior to his coaching career, where his only real major honour was a league title with Marseille. They are world champions.

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France stars such as Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe celebrated their 2018 FIFA World Cup triumph with their families, with not even the pouring rain able to stop them from doing so. It may not have been the fantasy football that we expect from a World Cup, but it certainly showed that this was the way to succeed in Russian Federation.

You can feel how important this match is to the country.

"For the young kids today - I have a boy who is 22 - we were world champions but they were too young to understand it". Is Trump a closet football fan?

"I usually don't really follow football but I'm euphoric because we're a small country, going through some rough things, the country is a bit divided but football is something right now that will bring us all together". France also bowed out in the group stage in 2002.

"MERCI" Macron wrote in a one-word tweet after the match, which gave France its second World Cup victory and sparked euphoric street parties across the country.

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