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Putin 'proud' of Russia's handling of World Cup

16 July 2018

"I hope we have made you proud".

Before it started a month ago, there had been concerns due to the memory of violence between Russian and English fans during the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

"We were dignified in all our victories and are dignified now in defeat". We know this is the biggest game of our lives and we want to leave the pitch with our heads held high and say we did everything.

France were not flawless en route to the title, arguably being outplayed in the first half despite heading to the tunnel 2-1 up after a Mario Mandzukic own-goal and a debatable penalty from man-of-the-match Antoine Griezmann.

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Other Twitter users called France's hypocritical policies against migrants and Muslims "shameful" in the light of their celebrated win. "We are a bit sad but also proud of what we have done".

Dalic said he thought overall VAR was good for the game.

"I respect the referee, he made the decision he thought was right. You need to go stronger, we managed to do so".

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From the heartbreak of watching reigning Champions Germany submit to elimination at the hands of minnows South Korea, to England's scintillating run since 1966, by far, arguably, the 2018 World Cup has been one of the most memorable tournaments ever since its inception.

Sunday's decision also took longer than Federation Internationale de Football Association may have liked. "At this moment I'm not thinking about anything but going back to Croatia", he offers. 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.

"I'm happy we got second, it's still better than third", young optimist Noah Pernic told SBS News.

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Putin 'proud' of Russia's handling of World Cup