"This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong", Pogba wrote on his official Twitter account after Samuel Umtiti's headed goal put France in Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow, where they will play Croatia or England. But Ivan Perisic's equaliser in the second half, followed by Mario Mandzukic's victor in extra time sent the Three Lions crashing out.It wasn't just the football players on the field that were left heartbroken.
But the team's performance over the past month - with a 6-1 trouncing of Panama, their first ever World Cup penalties win and first World Cup semi-final since 1990 - has seen them reconnect with a disillusioned fan base. They lost the 2016 Euro final 1-0 to Portugal at Stade de France with a roster that included nine holdovers on this year's team.
Antoine Griezmann is France's top scorer in the World Cup and Paul Pogba claimed that his teammate is en route to become a Les Bleus legend.
"Obviously, it (the World Cup) is not done yet".
'I believe that we deserved to win, ' Dalic said. We deserved that piece of luck but afterwards things were never in doubt.
'We showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us.
The mental resilience necessary to come through such tests was the result of the emphasis on playing as a team, Dalic said, and indicated a wider trend at a World Cup where the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all went home early.
They booked their place in the final by seeing off England 2-1 after extra time, making light of the fact that the Three Lions hail from a land with a population of around 53 million.
The result: Croatia stamped its ticket to the Russian Federation 2018 final with a thrilling 2-1 victory. Blanc missed the final, when France beat Brazil 3-0 for its only World Cup title.
'We were the better team in the second half and in extra time. We have enjoyed other great sporting successes but football has such a wide global reach. "We have to play as a team like we have done so far in the knock out stage".
Saric said that he and his community will celebrate the win with a big barbeque right behind the Fifth Avenue garage at which they all gather to watch the games, the same way they've celebrated every previous victory for Team Croatia this year.