Pride and tears for Croatians after World Cup final loss

16 Jul, 2018 9:28 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – After watching their soccer team lose 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow , 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.

One young woman used a red-and-white Croatian flag to wipe tears from her eyes as a female friend, also crying, put her arm around her.

Others continued waving Croatian flags and scarves through the disappointment after watching their country play in the World Cup final for the first time.

“The French proved better in decisive moments although we practically let them score the first two goals too easily. Still, it is a great achievement to play in the final and we can only be proud of what our soccer team has done in the World Cup,” 59-year old Darko Ilakovac said.




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