Several fans rushed the field during the second half of the World Cup Final between France and Croatia on Sunday, momentarily stopping play.
At an average age of 26 years and one month, France were the second-youngest squad to compete in Russian Federation after only Nigeria, and were led by a teenager in 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who was named Best Young Player of the tournament after scoring four goals. It is certain we will see more of this 19-year-old in years to come.
Luckily for Croatia, an Andrej Kramaric double in Dalic's first game in charge secured second place in Group I, and a 4-1 aggregate play-off win over Greece followed, as the new coach succeeded with the minimum expectation of getting the team out of jail and into the World Cup. "Any team is then able to climb mountains", he added.
"Zlatko will lead the team in the crucial game against Ukraine and we are hoping for a positive outcome", HNS president Davor Suker said at the time, in something of an understatement.
"My greatest source of pride is they had they right state of mind", Deschamps told reporters. "Those 23 players will now be linked forever whatever happens". We are proud to be French, to be Blues. "There were imperfections even today but we had psychological qualities which were decisive".
Deschamps, who captained France during their 1998 World Cup win, said that their Euro 2016 final loss to Portugal had been key to winning the World Cup. "I learned a lot from that defeat", he said.
"Maybe we're a bit unlucky, maybe in other games we were favoured by luck, today we were not".