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|Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic rues 'soft goals' and France penalty in World Cup final
| wwwpic5678 Croatia were left to rue "soft goals" and a controversial penalty call after losing the World Cup final 4-2 to France on Sunday.Mario Mandzukic headed into his own net after 18 minutes and, although Ivan Perisic equalised, Antoine Griezmann made it 2-1 before half-time from the penalty spot.Referee Nestor Pitana awarded the penalty for handball against Perisic after consulting with the Video Assistant Referee.
France 4-2 CroatiaAs it happened
The decision was widely criticised by pundits and former players, and Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said: "I never comment on refereeing but let me say one sentence: in a World Cup final, you do not give such a penalty."But it in no way diminishes France's win. It was maybe the best game we played in these championships; we controlled the match but we conceded.
"Against such a strong side as France you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we have to be proud as well for what we've done. wwwpic5678 ""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."
wwwpic5678 Even though Croatia largely controlled possession, France scored twice more in the second half through Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe to move 4-1 ahead.Mandzukic pulled a goal back after an error by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but Croatia could not get back into the match."We have no regrets because we were the better team for much of the game," said Croatia captain Luka Modric, who won the Golden Ball award for best player at the tournament.