Macron congratulates Putin for hosting 'perfect' World Cup

Macron congratulates Putin for hosting 'perfect' World Cup

Macron congratulates Putin for hosting 'perfect' World Cup

"Today there were imperfections, we did not do everything right but we had those mental and psychological qualities which were decisive for this World Cup".

The France-Croatia game was played on giant screens at the park on Notre Dame Island, where the popular music festival Osheaga is held.

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Emmanuel Macron, elected past year with two-thirds of the vote, was captured celebrating in this spectacular picture as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win their second title.

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"Me, I'm French of Moroccan origin and I'm proud of it, proud to show that I'm not a thug, proud to make my country joyous like that", he said.

It was never going to happen, of course, as the ecstasy of taking a tiny nation to the final of the World Cup for the first time needed to be worked through with the people that provided the players with support and inspiration.

Match referee Nestor Pitana used the VAR system for the first time in a World Cup final
Match referee Nestor Pitana used the VAR system for the first time in a World Cup final

The coach also said France managed to overcome mistakes and imperfections with sheer mental strength to lift the trophy for the second time. And such a small country?

Putin was watching the game alongside Macron and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino.

Of the four goals France scored against Croatia, two were scored by the sons of African immigrants - Paul Pogba, whose parents immigrated from Guinea, and Kylian Mbappe whose mother is Algerian and father is Cameroonian.

Deschamps, a World Cup-winner in 1998 on home soil, coached his side to the final of Euro 2016 only for Portugal to break hearts in Paris with a 1-0 win.

Sunday's World Cup Final between Croatia and France is an extremely proud day for the 4 million people of Croatia and the same amount estimated with Croatian heritage living around the world.

"I'm very happy for him". Croatia were livid - but Griezmann kept his cool, despite the long wait, to send the keeper the wrong way for a first goal in a World Cup final given on the intervention of VAR.

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