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Cary Erickson | 18 July, 2018, 01:39

Russian president, Vladimir Putin inevitably became one of the talking points on social media during the post-match presentation ceremony, during which the heavens opened up in Moscow.

Non-political guests will include 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

"During the period of the World Cup, nearly 25 million cyber-attacks and other criminal acts on the information structures in Russian Federation, linked in one way or another to the World Cup, were neutralised", Putin said during a meeting on Sunday with security services.

French president Emmanuel Macron and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who shared the stage with the controversial leader, were happy enough to get soaked in rain and celebrate the historic moment.

"It's only good to see females interested in football and she is not a bad looking president, back home we are used to old presidents, its good to use, even the French President, very young man, brought luck to the team".

The ceremony marked a handover from the world's largest country by landmass to one of the smallest.

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Warner tells NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that Trump "has been completely reluctant to call out Putin as a bad actor". Trump also spoke to Putin using Russia's translator; the US translator did not speak Russian.

Barbara Selendic says "we are all joyful, we have forgotten everyday worries for a few days".

Sadly though, they lost out to Croatia, who beat the team 2-1 last Wednesday, sending shockwaves across Britain and Russian Federation after fans boarded last minute flights to the country in the hope they would reach the final and play France.

Ahead of the world cup, concerns were raised over security and racism following the Euro 2016 debacle where Russian fans charged English supporters when the two countries met in Marseille.

Croatia and France, meanwhile, are set to play the second half on FOX.

The intense feelings that remain from the brutal ethnic and sectarian wars that accompanied the breakup of Yugoslavia nonetheless surfaced as Croatia advanced in the World Cup competition.

"We're glad that they liked our hospitality and openness, nature, culture, traditions of our big country, " Mr Putin said.