Twitter reacts as France takes the cup

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Croatia return home as beaten World Cup finalists but their approach to this match will have won the hearts of neutrals and earned them a prolonged standing ovation from their fans at the final whistle.

"When you add all of these ingredients, you understand a little better why we are in the final".

"I never comment on referees but in a World Cup final you do not give such a penalty", said Dalic.

While waiting for the presentation, Griezmann burst into tears, seemingly as the enormity of his team's achievement swept over him, and while a rainstorm soaked the Luzhniki arena, the player embraced French president Emmanuel Macron who kissed his forehead and clasped his shoulders.

'There have been many changes, some new players arrived and that was really good for us.

Perisic deservedly equalised and Griezmann's penalty was France's first shot on target.

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Antoine Griezmann tucked home the penalty, and in the second half Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba put the game beyond reach with a pair of brilliant strikes.

Those of us in Croatia, however, have every reason to be proud of their unbelievable team this tournament, who marched to the top with determination, heart, and their incredible ability to come together as one.

"I would like to thank all my players for what they have done".

Kylian Mbappe's sensational teenage exploits have fellow World Cup victor and all-time great Pele anxious about his array of footballing records.

Deschamps believes the 4-3 win over Lionel Messi's Argentina in the last 16, when Mbappe scored twice, was a trigger for them to go on and win the trophy.

And with his reputation now sky-high, he said he will take time to consider his future.

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