French NBA stars (and others) react to France World Cup win

Croatia's bid for World Cup final glory is against their conquerors in 1998

Fatigue non-issue for Croatia

Two and a half years ago, Kylian Mbappé could only dream about becoming a professional but tonight, the 19-year-old is a World Cup victor and has scored a goal in a World Cup final.

US President Donald Trump quickly congratulated France and praised his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the eve of the Helsinki summit between the two leaders.

VAR takes centre stage, again Match referee Nestor Pitana used the VAR system for the first time in a World Cup final.

Kacurov said there was plenty of excitement in Croatia with the whole country rooting for the team.

Alan Shearer has blasted the decision to award France a first-half penalty during the World Cup final as "ridiculous". "I'm proud of them no matter what".

The Croats were also a few world class players but on the highest step of the world Cup they have not yet been raised.

France led after 18 minutes into the final thanks to an own goal from Mario Mandzukic.

"We have been celebrating with everyone and my teammates in the locker room".

He will join a long line of famous referees to have ever manned a World Cup final.

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He kissed Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on both cheeks. It was sportsman-like. It was respectful. "Lovely final", he said.

"They are a little insane, they have always been a little mad", he said with the broadest of smiles.

"The turnout is spectacular". I think that in the group matches it went ok even though a lot of French journalists after our third match against Denmark were saying we were not very lovely, but we were qualified and we had seven points and we came first in our group so it wouldn't have been sufficient if we had carried on with the same performance level. We would have done the same.

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand hopes his former side are chasing PSG's Kylian Mbappe in order to complete a transfer for the player.

"It would be a crying shame if the game was decided here", Shearer said.

"It was awesome. I'm so lucky to have been here for the game".

"(I'm) super proud of the boys, I couldn't ask for anything better", said 19-year-old Dario Jezerinac, who said he and his friends planned to party all day and all night in the park.

He said he felt like the whole world was cheering for his country. You did it! You made us dream, you played wonderful football, you made 60 million French people and kids everywhere dream and you'll see tomorrow when you go back home. Just. that is awesome.

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