Croatia get hero's welcome in Zagreb despite losing World Cup final

Posted July 17, 2018

Russia-bashing was on full-display, with influential Twitter handles taking a shot at President Putin, accusing him of ill-treating his guests and respected foreign dignitaries.

Speaking about the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, Grabar-Kitarovic stated, "I'm really hopeful that the two state leaders will show enough. responsibility for global stability and the trans-Atlantic relationship".

But a free kick in the 18th minute from Antoine Griezmann flicked off Croatian star Mario Mandzukic's head and nestled into the far corner of the Croatian net.

Macron, it seems, joined the French players during the post-match celebrations in the dressing room.

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Thousands of Croatians lined the streets from the airport into Zagreb, waiting the national flag and greeting the players with applause and cheers.

Not many have forgotten the first French win 20 years ago, when it hosted the World Cup and drubbed favourites Brazil, leading to mammoth crowds converging on the Champs-Elysees to celebrate the victory.

According to Grubisic's data, there were 25% more mentions of the Croatian president than the Croatian captain.

Defender Dejan Lovren said that while he was disappointed to have lost because he believes Croatia were the better team, he was pleased with what they accomplished.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association will award the winners of the 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia $38 million in prize money.

Macron appeared to be a good sport too, congratulating President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic after the game.

Croatia dominated the opening quarter of the final, harrying the French back four with commendable discipline.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R front) touches the World Cup trophy at the awarding ceremony after the 2018 FIFA World Cup final match between France and Croatia in Moscow, Russia, July 15, 2018.

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