On the surface of it, a team scoring four goals in a World Cup final would appear to suggest that they were deserved winners. Not so believes Luka Modric.
The Croatia captain was named the tournament's best player on Sunday despite his side falling to France in the final. It was a game not without controversial calls and it is those which annoyed Modric.
After going behind through a Mario Madzukic own goal - which came via a questionable free kicked awarded to France - Croatia quickly found an equaliser.
They were behind again before the break, this time through an even more contentious call. France were awarded a controversial penalty via VAR. Antoine Griezmann converted.
"We were surprised when it was given, especially because the foul he gave for the first goal wasn't a foul in my opinion and then we recovered from that," Modric told the Press Association.
"We played well and played the best football and he gives a penalty to them. It kills you. It's not easy to keep coming back."
"Yeah, I think so," said Modric when asked if he thought Croatia had been unlucky.
"Everyone has the same feeling that we played well.
"I think we were the better team but sometimes better teams don't win."
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