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Tens of thousands give heroes' welcome to Croatia team

Jul. 16, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — In an outburst of national pride and joy, Croatia on Monday rolled out a red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes' welcome for the country's national team despite its loss to France in the World Cup final. Tens of thousands of people wearing national red-and-white colors and waving...

No refuge from politics but France victory a fitting climax

Jul. 16, 2018 2:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kylian Mbappe high-fived a political protester who invaded the field during the World Cup final. French President Emmanuel Macron leapt out of his seat in a VVIP area that included a leader charged with genocide. And Vladimir Putin was drenched in a sudden downpour as the trophy was handed...

The Latest: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax...

Young, joyful France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup

Jul. 15, 2018 5:45 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Taking turns sliding across the rain-soaked turf holding the World Cup trophy tight, teenager Kylian Mbappe and the rest of France's players acted like the youthful bunch they are. Nothing, not a Pussy Riot protest nor a postgame downpour that soaked Russian President Vladimir Putin, was...

AP Interview: Croatian leader says Trump, Putin key to peace

Jul. 15, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Croatia's president hopes her American and Russian counterparts show "responsibility" and remember they are the guarantors of the whole world's stability when they hold their first summit Monday. In an interview Sunday with The Associated Press, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic...

Column: At World Cup final, Mbappe, just 19, joins Pele

Jul. 15, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The ball skidded across the pristine Moscow pitch and time seemed to slow. This was Kylian Mbappe's moment, at just 19, to become the youngest player since Pele to score in a World Cup final. Did he hesitate? Did he wilt under the weight of hundreds of millions of eyes trained on TV screens...

Croatia fears World Cup chance may never come again

Jul. 15, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The rain hid Croatia's tears. After Luka Modric collected his Golden Ball award in a downpour, he shared an emotional embrace with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both wearing the country's red-and-white checkered uniform. Croatia knows Sunday's 4-2 loss to France in the World...

Pussy Riot upstages Putin with protest that halts World Cup

Jul. 15, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin's side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched. Stewards tackled the...

From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

Jul. 15, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Kylian Mbappe's breakout performances, 12 own goals and very few red cards despite all Neymar's dives. Here is a look at the records set and broken during the World Cup in Russia, and what it tells us about the tournament: PLENTY OF GOALS With just one scoreless draw in 64...

French President Macron has plenty of fun at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In a stadium packed with presidents watching the World Cup final, no one had as much fun as Emmanuel Macron. The French head of state joined his country's victorious players in the locker room after they beat Croatia 4-2. He jostled with midfielder Paul Pogba while being filmed for Snapchat....