What France's heroes said after World Cup triumph

Hope Soto
July 16, 2018

But Rakitic believes the pride of representing the smallest country to make the World Cup final in 68 years, with a population of just over four million, will motivate Croatia to create history.

- Kylian Mbappe is planning to party all night after scoring his fourth goal of the World Cup in the final, lifting the trophy and winning the award for best young player.

Then, as Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic walked toward the tunnel to leave the field, his heels were nearly clipped by some exuberant France players who were sliding on their bellies and their behinds across the soaked grass toward a bank of photographers beside a group of state presidents.

He will join a long line of famous referees to have ever manned a World Cup final. Several other world leaders and sporting and show business stars were due to attend the final.

Meanwhile, Croatia was one of this year's World Cup's most notable underdogs.

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France took a lead in the 18th minute after Mario Mandzukic scored an own goal while heading away a free kick from Antoine Griezmann.

"It's better to watch in this ambiance, as you can see", Kaba said as fans chanted and cheered at a goal that had just been scored.

Caroline Hachard stopped by Parc Jean-Drapeau to watch the game in Montreal, while vacationing in the city with her family from France.

The French, fresh from their high-class semi-final 1-0 victory over Belgium, could not cope with the volume of play from Croatia, who were led as usual by sublime playmaker Luka Modric, who was a popular victor of the Golden Ball for player of the tournament.

"The way the team plays, I think 'are they getting the ball into him in the right areas?' He's not receiving the ball quickly enough". It's the lowest number at the World Cup for 40 years. This is also the first World Cup to use video assistant referees (VARs). France won five games and drew one.

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