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Locals say VAR among highlights of World Cup Russia

18 July 2018

At least two people lost their lives Sunday in France during celebrations for the country's World Cup 2018 win over Croatia.

The ceremony took place in the Georgievsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace where the official match ball was used in place of a baton to symbolise the changing of the host nation.

Huge crowds waving Croatian flags and wearing the national red and white colours greeted the players with excitement, despite the team losing to France in the World Cup final.

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The Brazilian great tweeted after the final whistle on Sunday: "Only the second teenager to have scored a goal in a World Cup Final!" French president Emmanuel Macron and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who shared the stage with the controversial leader, were happy enough to get soaked in rain and celebrate the historic moment.

Now, authorities remain prepped for the looming victory parade likely to kick off as soon as the team returns from Russian Federation later today.

After the match, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was seen giving hugs to all the players from both teams.

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Russia, which hosted the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities and 12 stadiums, has been repeatedly accused by Western countries of conducting cyber-attacks including hacking the 2016 USA elections. "But when we won, they congratulated me and we celebrated together", said Clementine Pascal, an intern who hails from Quimper in France. She is also a multi-linguist, fluent in Croatian, English, Spanish and Portuguese, and also understands German, French and Italian.

"They are completely insane, those lads", said a grinning, wet Deschamps after the players had left. "We invite everyone to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!"

"It's been the best World Cup in history", he explained at a press conference in Moscow.

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Locals say VAR among highlights of World Cup Russia