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By Associated Press Published: 16:36 EDT, 22 July 2018 | Updated: 16:57 EDT, 22 July 2018 UMAG, Croatia (AP) - Third-seeded Marco Cecchinato further elevated his breakthrough year by winning the Croatia Open final on Sunday, beating Guido Pella of Argentina 6-2, 7-6 (4) in their first meeting. The 25-year-old Italian recovered from 4-2 down in the second set on outdoor red clay. Cecchinato won his first ATP title in April in Budapest, as a lucky loser, then knocked out Novak Djokovic en route to the French Open semifinals. He was the first Italian male Grand Slam semifinalist in 40 years. Cecchinato is at a career-high ranking of 27, and will rise to No. 22 on Monday. The unseeded Pella was playing in his first career final. Advertisement …
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Nikola Kalinic refuses World Cup silver medal after Croatia striker was sent home early following alleged refusal to come on as substitute against NigeriaCroatia lost to France in World Cup final but Nikola Kalinic rejected his medalThe ex-Blackburn striker reportedly refused to come on as a sub against NigeriaCoach Zlatko Dalic claimed he also refused to come on in a warm-up gameBy Ap Reporter and James Ayles For Mailonline Published: 14:26 EDT, 20 July 2018 | Updated: 14:46 EDT, 20 July 2018 Nikola Kalinic has not accepted his silver medal after Croatia finished as runners-up at this summer's World Cup, according to Croatian media.It is believed the Croatian striker turned down the medal after he was sent home from Russia 2018 just one game into the tournament.Kalinic reportedly refused to come on as a substitute in Croatia's opening 2-0 win over Nigeria due to a back problem, and was subsequently dismissed by coach Zlatko Dalic. …
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3 days ago · From The News
Ivan Rakitic goes horse riding with wife Raquel Mauri as Croatia star continues to enjoy summer break following World Cup heroicsIvan Rakitic and his wife shared photos of themselves together on horseback Rakitic was all smiles as he continued to enjoy his summer break with his familyThe midfielder played a key role in Croatia's journey to the World Cup finalThe Blazers were welcomed home as heroes after losing to France in the finalBy Spencer Morgan For Mailonline Published: 10:…
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Young fans in Red Square on the eve of the World Cup final. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images France: champions I could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. Raphaël Varane stood out for me at the back. A hardworking and humble hero who was full of heart, he kept world class strikers quiet throughout the tourn…
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5 days ago · From The News
Made In Chelsea EXCLUSIVE: First trailer for MIC: Croatia reveals friendships under strain, fresh cheating scandals and shock arrivalsBy Andrew Bullock For Mailonline Published: 12:15 EDT, 17 July 2018 | Updated: 12:59 EDT, 17 July 2018 The annual summer season of Made In Chelsea is coming; and E4 have released the first trailer for the show, set to air next month.Made In Chelsea: Croatia sees the residents of the Royal Borough whisked off the luxuriant Hvar for th…
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Clockwise from left: N’Golo Kanté of France, Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho, Mesut Özil of Germany, England’s Harry Kane and the Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand. Composite: FIFA via Getty Images; BPI/Rex/Shutterstock; AFP/Getty Images; Tom Jenkins/Guardian The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 games before that and after every game we asked our …
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Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé show of the second star on their shirts. Photograph: Ulrik Pedersen/Action Plus/Getty Images As Patrice Evra stormed from the training pitch and his teammates hid behind the curtains of their team bus, winning the World Cup seemed a very long way away. Any semblance of togetherness had evaporated – not for the first time. France have long been blessed with talent bu…
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Celebrations through the roof! Croatian football team risk life and limb as they stand on the cab of their open-top bus during heroes’ welcome home to ZagrebPlayers were given a warm welcome after reaching the World Cup final for the first time in Croatian history Up to 100,000 packed out the Bana Jelacica Square in the capital as the team made their way through on busCroatia have been in the World Cup just five times since declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991By Dianne Apen-sadler F…
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Mario Mandzukic signs a policeman's helmet as World Cup runners-up Croatia return home to monster reception after final defeat by FranceCroatia were defeated 4-2 in the World Cup final by France in MoscowTheir second-place finish is their best-ever return at a World Cup tournamentThousands gathered in Zagreb's Bana Jelacica Square to welcome them homeBy Jack Bezants for MailOnline Published: 11:57 EDT, 16 July 2018 | Updated: 13:56 EDT, 16 July 2018 Croatia's …
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President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (right) embraced all of the country’s squad after their defeat to France but politics has let the game down in Croatia. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Pool/Tass The defeat was hard to accept, as was missing a chance that is not likely to come again in the lifetime of these players or fans. Everyone thought Croatia deserved more but the nation still celebrated, rather than mourning.…
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Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Paolo Bandini and Andy Brassell to look back at a World Cup final in which France took the trophy, beating Croatia 4-2. We dial up Philippe Auclair, who’s not as sober as he was at the start of the final, but not as drunk as he’ll be by the time you listen to this. We begin part two by calling Barney Rona…
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Kylian Mbappé kisses the trophy as the 19-year-old celebrates France’s second World Cup win and the first in his lifetime. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters And fade to blue. On a stormy, slightly wild afternoon in Moscow France became world champions for the second time, providing a bookend to one victorious era and offering a seductive hint of another to come. It seemed fitting that victory here was never rea…
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Croatia’s Ivan Perisic scores his side’s first goal. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Ivan Perisic has done more than most to ignite Croatia’s World Cup adventure, to carry them into uncharted territory and to allow this small nation with big hearts to dream of the ultimate triumph. The imposing winger gilded his legend with a lovely first-half goal that showcased not only his touch and ruthlessness but the never‑say-…
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'France didn't play football... we were better than them,' blasts Dejan Lovren after Croatia's World Cup final defeatBy Ian Herbert For The Daily Mail Published: 17:40 EDT, 15 July 2018 | Updated: 17:47 EDT, 15 July 2018 Dejan Lovren slammed France's World Cup tactics and insisted Croatia were the better side in Sunday's final.The Liverpool defender also criticised referee Nestor Pitana's decision to award France a controversial first-half penalty after a VAR review. The Argentine ad…
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