Hope and heartbreak among DC Croatia fans

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Drawing parallels with strikers from the team he captained to World Cup glory in 1998, Deschamps pointed out that the likes of David Trezeguet and Thierry Henry never managed to repeat the feat despite being only 20 when they lifted the trophy.

The trio gathered in the Georgievsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace and, in place of a baton to symbolise the changing of the Host Nation, they used the official match ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ knockout rounds, the adidas Telstar Mechta.

Before he speaks he casts that look that makes you wonder whether he's going to give a cogent, insightful answer or rip someone to shreds with a stinging putdown. He added a goal of his own in the 65th, at 19 becoming the second-youngest scorer in a World Cup final behind 17-year-old Pele in 1958. "They were just stronger". "I did learn a lot myself through this final". "As soon as you wear the jersey, we do everything for each other".

But he cut a magnanimous figure, refusing to focus on the controversial decision, using VAR, to award a spot-kick against Ivan Perisic for a handball.

Carrying huge expectations on its shoulders, the French side didn't have an easy run at the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup, despite being beefed up with a list of top football club players including Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus) and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain).

But the three-goal lead was too much for the red-and-white-checkered squad that made a habit of coming back at the World Cup - and played three straight 120-minute games before the final.

"Foreign supporters who now have fan IDs will be able to benefit from multiple entries into the Russian Federation without a visa until the end of the year", Putin said. Or at least so coach Zlatko Dalic thought.

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Elaborating further, he added: "We lacked the luck that we had throughout the tournament".

People from France say this was the ideal setting to watch the game, because it felt like home, and united a community.

Croatia fans packed Church Hall in Georgetown to watch their team take on France in the World Cup Final.

"The question is, is France a attractive champion?"

"We will realise what has happened tomorrow", he said after his players stormed the news conference twice to douse him with champagne.

"We invite everyone to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!" "We are a small country, but we always go far", said Pastor Marko Stefanec who has been organizing Federation Internationale de Football Association viewing parties in his church's basement since the Croatia's first game in the 2018 World Cup.

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