The first ever use of VAR in a World Cup final did not land in Croatia’s favour to leave Zlatko Dalic hurt that Ivan Perisic was penalised for handball in the defeat to France.
In allowing Antoine Griezmann to make it 2-1 from the spot on Sunday evening, the underdogs failed to regain their grip on the tie and fell at the final hurdle.
“In a World Cup final you cannot give that penalty” he told reporters post-match.
“And I say it this respect to France: we did not have any luck. I think we played our best match of the World Cup, but we were punished a lot.
“That is an assessment of the penalty, that’s it. I don’t want to say anything bad about the referee, I respect the officials very much.
“I want to be positive. I respect VAR a lot, it is good for football.”
The defeat ends Croatia’s best ever run in the World Cup and Dalic said there was no reason his players couldn’t leave Russia with their heads held high.
“We had moments of good luck in the World Cup, but not in the final,” continued the coach. “We controlled the match, but the first two goals were a disgrace.
“Then with the third I thought it was difficult, that’s the truth.
“We didn’t give up and we even scored the second goal because we fought until the end. I think we’re going out with honour, but it was difficult to win when conceding four goals.
“We are sad, but I have told the players that there is no reason to be upset. We have to be proud of the work we have done.
“In football it is inevitable that you lose, this is sport and this is football and you have to respect the score. But we have to be proud.”
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