Croatia's World Cup final reaction: France penalty knocked us out

Reuters , Sunday 15 Jul 2018,
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic (Reuters)
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic (Reuters)

Reaction after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final on Sunday:

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic: "First of all I want to congratulate France. We are sad but proud at the same time. We played well but the penalty knocked the wind out of us and after that it was very difficult. We wanted to win the World Cup so much but that's football. The French did not surprise us, we let in two soft goals coupled with an own goal and a penalty."

Croatia captain Luka Modric: "We have no regrets because we were the better team for much of the game. Unfortunately, some clumsy goals swung it their way. They will be celebrating but we can hold our heads high. When the emotions settle, we will be able to analyse more clearly. I am proud of the (best player) award. The incredible fan support makes me even happier. You know that despite the defeat you've achieved something big, but it's hard when you come so close and fall short."

Croatia full back Sime Vrsaljko: "We played our hearts out and have no regrets. I hope our fans felt it too. I think what we have accomplished will be remembered forever and we can be proud of ourselves. That includes our overall conduct, our performances and our fans who represented the country in the best possible way along with ourselves."

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