France ecstatic, near-miss for Croatia

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Millions of French soccer fans were delirious with joy on Sunday as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win soccer's World Cup in a pulsating final in Moscow that sparked ecstatic scenes from Paris to Marseille and beyond.

In Paris, where 90,000 people gathered next to the Eiffel tower to watch the match on vast TV screens, there were choruses of the Marseillaise, honking horns and hundreds of thousands of red, white and blue French flags fluttering in the breeze.

On the other hand, some Croatians wept with sadness while others felt pride that their tiny nation had gone so far in the tournament.

When the final whistle blew fans who had gathered in Ban Jelacic square in the capital Zagreb to watch the match on a big screen hugged each other in commiseration.
The Eiffel Tower is illuminated Blue, White and Red, colors of the french flag, as a tribute to the french football team who won the world cup for the second time in history on 15 July, 2018, in Paris.  Photo: AFPA woman poses with a replica of the World Cup, in the streets of Cayenne, in French Guiana, on 15 July, 2018, after France won the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia.  Photo: AFPPeople celebrate France`s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia, on the Champs-Elysees avenue on July 15, 2018. Photo: AFPThe Empire State Building is lit in honor to the 2018 World Cup champion, France, in New York on 15 July, 2018.  Photo: AFPPeople celebrate France`s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia in Paris.  Photo: AFPPeople celebrate France`s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia in Paris.  Photo: AFPPeople celebrate France`s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia in Paris.  Photo: AFPPeople celebrate France`s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia in Paris.  Photo: AFPPeople celebrate France`s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia in Paris.  Photo: AFPPeople celebrate France`s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia in Paris.  Photo: AFPThis picture taken from the terrace of the Publicis drugstore on 15 July shows a portrait of French forward Kylian Mbappe projected on Paris` landmark Arc de Triomphe as people gather to celebrate France`s victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. Photo: AFPCroatian supporters react after the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France. Photo: AFPCroatian supporters react after the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France. Photo: AFPCroatian supporters react after the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France. Photo: AFPFrance fans celebrate on the beach in Nice, France after they defeated Croatia in their Soccer World Cup final match. Photo: ReutersA supporter of team Croatia leaves the stadium after the game. Photo: ReutersSupporters of team Croatia leaves the stadium after the game. REUTERSCroatia`s fans are seen after watching the broadcast of the match at the city`s main square. Photo: ReutersCroatia`s fans lies on the Croatian flag after the broadcast of the match at the city`s main square. Photo: ReutersPeople gather for a `heroes` welcome` in tribute to Croatian national football team, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup, at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb, on 16 July, 2018. Photo: AFP

 
   
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