You should be proud despite defeat, Croatia coach tells players

Parisic was adjudged to have handled here

Parisic was adjudged to have handled here

While teams have scored more goals than usual, the number of own goals in Russian Federation was double the previous record.

Pogba starts this afternoon in the World Cup final for France against Croatia.

Mbappe followed in Pele's footsteps by scoring in a World Cup final as a teenager, taking France 4-1 ahead with a low effort from distance past a statuesque Danijel Subasic for his fourth goal of the tournament.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic

Pitana has already refereed four games during the World Cup.

Who was the player of the tournament? Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez are just 22 and neither their central defensive partnership of Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane exceed 25.

Coach Didier Deschamps will no doubt want to have his name in the records book, as the third player to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, in line with Mario Zagalo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer of Germany. But as the match progressed, it became clear France was headed for the win. The United midfielder performed particularly well in the semi-final victory over Belgium.

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At an estimated cost of over 14.2 billion dollars, it is the most expensive World Cup ever. In the end, the Croats ran out of steam.

The France manager's press conference was momentarily interrupted at the beginning when the players, led by goalscorer Paul Pogba, gatecrashed the conference room by joyously spraying water on the journalists in attendance and dancing on tables. He also felt that considering that the legacy left by previous world cup competitions has been major criticisms in terms of infrastructure, this year's tournament can only be about the positives left behind.

Perhaps with one eye on the VAR system, players didn't break the rules so much, but they've certainly been bending them.

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A combination picture shows Didier Deschamps kissing the World Cup victor trophy as French soccer team captain on July 12, 1998 (L) at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France, and as French soccer team coach on July 15, 2018 (R) at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Swiss broadcaster RTS calculated Neymar spent almost 14 minutes on the ground in Brazil's first four games.

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