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Heroes’ welcome for champs

PARIS (AFP) – The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols. After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Russia, the team came back to euphoric […]

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Croatians hail returning World Cup squad

ZAGREB (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of Croatians took to the streets in Zagreb on Monday to greet their players as they returned home from Russia after losing the World Cup final. A crowd estimated by police at more than 550,000 people cheered the team during its parade on an open-top bus from the airport […]

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Vive la France!

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Vive la France!

MOSCOW (AFP) – France celebrated their second World Cup win 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, overcoming a passionate Croatia side, 4-2, in one of the most gripping finals in recent history. The breathless victory under stormy skies at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deschamps’ side – balancing youthful zest and tournament nous […]

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MOSCOW (AFP) – Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic insisted fatigue will not be an issue for the biggest game of his career despite being pushed to three periods of extra-time to make Sunday’s World Cup final. Barcelona’s Rakitic will make his 71st appearance of the season against France in Moscow after winning a La Liga and […]

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Day of reckoning: France, Croatia seek World Cup glory

MOSCOW (AFP) – France fine-tuned their preparations for the World Cup final against Croatia on Friday, desperate to overcome the bitter disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final as FIFA declared Russia 2018 the best-ever tournament. Didier Deschamps’ team are firm favourites to win Sunday’s showpiece in Moscow and become world champions for the second […]

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It’s all about pride as England eyes 3rd

SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) – 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. A gut-wrenching 2-1 loss to Croatia after extra-time denied England a shot at a second World […]

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