France World Cup victory an immigration success story

Parisic was adjudged to have handled here

Heartbroken but proud Croatian fans in Zagreb cheered and wept as their "heroes" went down 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

French players celebrate after bursting into a press conference by France head coach Didier Deschamps after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018.

"The diversity of the squad is in the image of this handsome country that is France", midfielder Blaise Matuidi, whose parents are from Angola and Congo, said through a translator ahead of the match.

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. (Anthony) Martial, players like that. "They've got a deep squad and they have a team that now knows how to win".

It was also Griezmann's corner which created the solitary goal in France's semi-final victory over Belgium. "At this moment I'm not thinking about anything but getting safely home to Croatia". A couple of decisions didn't go their way and they will feel hard done by.

"Now we will party and tomorrow we will party with France and with all the French people", he said, again breaking into an enormous grin. "The way they came out in the second half, they were fantastic".

He said on ITV: "This felt like a middleweight fighting a heavyweight". Everyone is going to see the game together.

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic

"But what the players did today is just as attractive and just as strong".

Back home in France, tens of thousands of fans headed to the Eiffel Tower to watch a broadcast on giant screens that Paris police closed the area more than two hours before kickoff.

Nestor Pitana chose to overturn his original decision after adjudging Perisic had deliberately handled the ball in the area. I have a son who is 22 and he was too young when we were world champion, now young people are living through this. "The process is right and we have to take it".

Shearer also praised Deschamps' decision to take off booked Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante when France were 2-1 up and under pressure.

"They are a little insane, they have always been a little mad", he said with the broadest of smiles.

Pogba quickly realized that his club supporters at Manchester United may not have appreciated the rendition, so he made it clear that he was just joking.

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