With the World Cup now over, let us reflect on arguably the best thing to come out of it, other than France’s victory.
President Vladimir Putin said Russia could be “proud” of its hosting of the football World Cup, judging it a success “in every respect” after Sunday’s final.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said his side had run out of luck after they conceded a controversial penalty awarded by VAR in the 4-2 World Cup final defeat against Franceon Sunday.
France’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe said sleep was the last thing on his mind after Sunday’s World Cup final triumph.
England’s Harry Kane won the World Cup Golden Boot award as top scorer with six goals.
Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball for the World Cup’s best player despite losing out 4-2 to France in a thrilling final in Moscow on Sunday.

France beat Croatia to win second World Cup

France beat Croatia 4-2 in an incredible World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

Blow by blow: France beat Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France finally have a second star on their shirts after being the most consistent team in a goal-drenched tournament.

France and Croatia seek World Cup glory

Croatia face France on Sunday attempting to win their first World Cup while Didier Deschamps’ side are aiming to land their second title two decades on from their triumph on home soil.

Hazard and Belgium too good for England in World Cup play-off

Belgium achieved their best World Cup finish as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a 2-0 victory over England in Saturday’s third-place playoff in Saint Petersburg.

Croatia puts faith in Modric to fulfil World Cup dreams

Luka Modric has taken an extraordinary path to the World Cup final – from fleeing his home as a child during Croatia’s war of independence to global superstar status.

Live report: Belgium vs England

Belgium and England will clash for the second time at this summer’s World Cup when they meet in Saturday’s third-place play-off.

Griezmann happy if France win World Cup ‘ugly’

France forward Antoine Griezmann said Friday winning the World Cup against Croatia on Sunday was more important than how his team do it.

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave World Cup on a high

England manager Gareth Southgate admits the World Cup third-place play-off is a game that no team wants to play, but Saturday’s match against Belgium offers the chance to finish the tournament on a winning note.

‘Maybe England lacked respect’, says Croatia coach

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic admits his team were spurred on by what they saw as a lack of respect towards them in the English media as they won 2-1 in Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final.

Five things to know about Croatia

Here are five things to know about the country that on Sunday could become the ninth to have that hallowed star embroidered above its national crest.

Perisic hails ‘dream’ goal as Croatia reach final

Ivan Perisic said his equaliser that helped Croatia come from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time and reach the World Cup final was a goal that “he could only dream of” as a child.

Kane ‘gutted’ as England’s World Cup dream dies

England captain Harry Kane could not hide his desperate disappointment after his side’s 2-1 extra-time defeat against Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Moscow on Wednesday.

Mandzukic breaks England hearts and fires Croatia into World Cup final

Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal deep in extra time as Croatia beat England 2-1 in an utterly gripping World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday to set up a final date with France.

Blow by blow: Croatia vs England

Both sides have waited patiently for their turn, each experiencing heartbreak in prior editions since they last appeared in the final four.


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