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CROATIAN PLAYERS GET GOOD PRESS AT HOME

Croatian media on Monday hailed their team as heroes after the small country’s historic success in reaching the World Cup final where France beat them 4-2. “Thank you, heroes! – You gave us everything!” read the Sportske Novosti frontpage. “‘Vatreni’

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‘WC CHANCE MAY NEVER COME AGAIN’

The rain hid Croatia’s tears. After Luka Modric collected his Golden Ball award in a downpour, he shared an emotional embrace with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both wearing the country’s red-and-white checkered uniform. Croatia knows Sunday’s 4-2 loss to France

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MACRON CHEERS FROM THE STANDS

President Emmanuel Macron was pictured cheering from the stadium, got drenched in the rain on the pitch, then attempted to “dab” with the players in the changing room Sunday after France’s victory in the World Cup. The football-loving 40-year-old leapt

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LUCK RAN OUT WITH PENALTY CALL: DALIC

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said his side had run out of luck after they conceded a controversial penalty awarded by VAR in the 4-2 World Cup final defeat against France on Sunday. “I never comment on referees but in a

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‘OUR CHILDREN WILL BE PROUD’

France forward Antoine Griezmann hailed his “extraordinary” teammates after Les Blues won the FIFA World Cup for a second time. Griezmann was named man of the match, scoring from the penalty spot and setting up Paul Pogba for France’s fourth

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GOLDEN BALL ‘BITTERSWEET’

Croatia captain Luka Modric said being awarded the Golden Ball for the World Cup’s best player was “bittersweet” after losing the final 4-2 to France on Sunday. “Obviously I liked the recognition and thanks to those who chose me, but

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REVENGE MATCH

It is payback time for Croatia against a team that had crushed its dream in the 1998 World Cup final When Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic went past English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 109th minute of the second Semi-Final to

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How the Present World Cup is Shaping Up

Like any other sporting event, there’s no certainty in the present World Cup except the fact that no South American team will win it. Between them, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have won the football World Cup nine times, eleven if

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World Cup 2018: An Exciting Finale is on the Cards

As it is the time to World Cup’s finale and an exciting finale is on the cards, uncertainties are becoming large. When the World Cup began this June and crawled towards its initial encounters, much was said about how parity

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No Magic Tricks By Wonder Boy

A substandard team on display, Messi missing the penalty against Croatia last Thursday night shows his inability to make chances count. Lionel Messi missing a penalty may be incredible and inexcusable but can still be attributed to mortal error. But

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