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World Cup 2018: France continue celebrations as Croatia come to terms with defeat






























Preamble

So there we have it. Vive la France! France are world champions once more, and who can say they don’t deserve to be so? Well, about four million Croatians for a start – you can understand that – but Didier Deschamps’ side has played some terrific football over the past four weeks, boasted one of the tournament’s most exciting breakout stars and, crucially, not lost a single game while posting six wins, including victories over heavyweight nations such as Uruguay, Belgium,

Australia
, Argentina and, of course, Croatia.

Naturally, France is a country losing its collective merde over the result at the Luzhniki Stadium, a theme we’ll focus on first up today, with reports of mad celebrations from Paris to Perpignan and beyond, some of which involve the police, sadly.

But it’s not just French who are celebrating today – it is also a day on which jaded Guardian livebloggers can finally rejoice the end of the tournament, as this is indeed the last daily World Cup blog for four years. Get your fill while you can. It also means that it’s a pretty good opportunity to reflect of what a wonderful tournament this has been, so please do feel free to get in touch on email (mike.hytner@theguardian.com) or Twitter (@mike_hytner) or below the line throughout the course of the day/evening/whatever it is where you are.





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