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#WorldCupFinal 2018: You don’t give penalties like that in finals – Croatia coach Zlatko Dalić



Croatia coach , Zlatko Dalić, has condemned the penalty that gave France the second goal in the just – concluded World Cup Final in Russia .France beat Croatia 4 – 2 in the decisive encounter .

While Dalić agrees that he had to congratulate France for their title , he notes with nostalgia that his team played well .

He stated this in a series of tweets .

“ We controlled the game , then there was an own goal, ” he says ; adding , “ You cannot expect a good result if you concede four . ”

He is particularly sad that they were beaten on the verge of victory , after winning all their games so far in the tournament .

“ If somebody had offered us to be runners – up before the tournament started , that would have been fantastic … But now , there is a modicum of sadness , ” he declares .

Commenting on the controversial penalty that fetched France a goal , Dalić says , “ I never comment on refereeing , but let me say one sentence … In a World Cup final , you don’ t give that penalty . ”

He says he needs time to think his nest step through . “ What I ’ m ready for now is a bit of rest … It ’ s been a tough period , but it ’ s been beautiful to work for the lads . I ’ ll take a breather , I never take decisions overnight . At this moment I ’ m not thinking about anything but going back to Croatia , ” he offers.

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