Croatian fans hope for underdog victory in World Cup final

Croatian fans hope for underdog victory in World Cup final

It wasn't a shock for him to do that in a World Cup Final.

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the decisive encounter.

Former President Jacques Chirac benefitted from a leap in his ratings in 1998 when France won its first World Cup despite not knowing numerous player's names.

"The win is not about me, it's the players who won the game".

"I am sorry for all the young people, the team made them so happy, but they gave their all, they are heroes to us", she said. We controlled the match but against such a strong side like France you can not afford to make mistakes. Putin congratulated France for having reached the final.

During the 69th minute of the match with France 4-1 up, Lloris made a mess of a backpass and allowed Croatia global striker Mario Mandzukic to score an easy goal. Croatia were livid - but Griezmann kept his cool, despite the long wait, to send the keeper the wrong way for a first goal in a World Cup final given on the intervention of VAR.

Putin was watching the game alongside Macron and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino. Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino then handed France captain Hugo Lloris the World Cup trophy.

The Croatians had come back from a goal down in their previous three games, slogged their way through six periods of extra time and two penalty shootouts to get to the final - playing the equivalent of an entire match more than France.

"I think our guys already did the best possible for all of us, for our little country".

Croatia's cabinet held a session dressed in the soccer team's red-and-white checkered shirts and the most ardent fans scrambled to find flights and tickets to attend the final, 20 years after their team finished third at the 1998 World Cup in France.

But an error from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris offered Croatia some hope when Mandzukic found the back of the net to score their second goal.

"I have never seen and never lived through such a World Cup because there was a levelling towards the top and the small teams on paper really really well prepared and with defensive systems that of course are easy to implement but that did hurt other nations", Deschamps said.

"But that in no way diminishes France's win".

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