Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said his side had run out of luck after they conceded a controversial penalty awarded by VAR in the 4-2 World Cup final defeat against France on Sunday.
Dalic defended VAR (the video assistant referee system) as a “good thing for football” but believes his side’s luck in Russia finally ran out after penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia on route to the final.“I never comment on referees but in a World Cup final you do not give such a penalty,” said Dalic.
“I have to congratulate my players. Maybe today we played our best game at these championships. Against such a strong side as France you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we must also be proud of what we’ve done.”