Heartbroken but proud Croatia fans celebrate their 'heroes'

Heartbroken but proud Croatia fans celebrate their 'heroes'

A crowd estimated at more than 100,000 thronged the capital's main square to see the players, led by captain and World Cup Golden Ball victor Luka Modric, parade through the streets on an open-top bus.

His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani The Amir of Qatar dutifully gave up his seat to Brigitte Macron the wife of French president Emmanuel Macron at the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday evening.

No date has yet been set for the ceremony to hand over France's highest award for "exceptional service" to the nation, which follows the team's 4-2 win over Croatia in Russian Federation on Sunday. However, the month-long event ended without any major security mishap even though there were concerns over "possible racist, hooligan and terror attacks", reports the Moscow Times. "We ourselves, the whole country, got an enormous amount of pleasure from interacting with soccer, with the world of soccer, with the fans who came here from all over the globe". "We showed ourselves as an open, hospitable, welcoming nation".

More than 80% of the stories were positive, Mediatoolkit said, for a woman who travelled to Russian Federation at her own expense in economy class and often watched from the non-VIP stands - missing only the semi-final against England because it clashed with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

The "hottest president" in the world went back home happy.

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At the climax of the ceremony, Putin handed an official World Cup ball to Infantino, who then handed it on to the emir.

After an enthralling finish to the World Cup in Russia, President Vladimir Putin announced that foreign visitors holding the "fan id" could have visa-free entry to the Russian Federation until the end of 2018.

"People in all of our countries are exhausted of ideological differences, of going back into the past all the time", she said.

Pogba and Mbappe were on target in quick succession with fine long-range efforts past Daniel Subasic, and in doing so each player made their little bit of history.

The small country of 4 million people has been gripped in euphoria since its team beat England to reach its first World Cup final, where Croatia lost 4-2 to France.

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