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Croatia's Zlatko Dalic refuses to concentrate on VAR decision despite World Cup final defeat

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic gave a comparatively sombre address and there were no player break-ins or group singalongs for the runners-up.

But he cut a magnanimous figure, refusing to focus on the controversial decision, using VAR, to award a spot-kick against Ivan Perisic for a handball.

He disagreed, as did many observers, but did not linger.

"I never comment on refereeing but let me say one sentence: in the World Cup final you do not give such a penalty," said Dalic.

"That in no way diminishes France's win but maybe we were a bit unlucky. In the first six games we may have been favoured by luck, today not.

"I respect the referee, he gave what he saw fair and square. VAR when it goes in your favour is good, when it doesn't it's bad."

His captain Luka Modric at least had the consolation of taking home the Golden Ball for the tournament's best player, although the pain of defeat lingered.

The Real Madrid man said: "I think we were the better team but sometimes better teams don't win."

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