Croatia World Cup finalists were given a heroes’ welcome as they arrived in Zagreb today after their defeat against France.
The Croatian football team were greeted with flares and cheering as they made their way to Bana Jelacica Square in the capital having reached the final for the first time ever.
Despite their 4-2 defeat against France, fans and players alike looked ecstatic at the result.
Croatia have been in the World Cup five times since declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, finishing in third place back in 1998.
An estimated 100,000 people packed into the square in Zagreb to try and get a glimpse of the team after arriving home earlier this evening.
Team captain Luka Modrić said after the game yesterday: ‘I think we were the better team but sometimes better teams don’t win.
‘I don’t really realise what has happened yet – the World Cup is a lot.
‘But I’m so proud of this team, the players, the staff. We were really united as a group. We did something incredible, we made history and we are going to enjoy it.’
Modrić was awarded the Golden Ball for being the tournament’s best player after the match.