Fans celebrate their 'heroes' on the streets of the Croatian capital - in pictures

Heartbroken but proud Croatian fans in Zagreb cheered and wept as their "heroes" went down 4-2 to France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday. On the final whistle applause from tens of thousands of Croatian fans rang out through the capital's main Jelacic square as many lit flares and set off firecrackers.
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Croatian national football team players ride a bus as people gather for a 'heroes' welcome' in tribute to their national team, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup, at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb, on July 16, 2018.
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Croatian national football team players ride a bus as people gather for a 'heroes' welcome' in tribute to their national team, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup, at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb on July 16, 2018.
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Croatian national football team members ride an open-roof coach in Zagreb International Airport on July 16, 2018 after their return from the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia in Zagreb International Airport on July 16, 2018.
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Croatian national football team players attend a welcoming ceremony at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb on July 16, 2018, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
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People gather for a 'heroes' welcome' in tribute to Croatian national football team, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup, at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb on July 16, 2018.
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People wave flags as they gather for a 'heroes' welcome' in tribute to Croatian national football team, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup, at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb, on July 16, 2018.
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Supporters celebrate the arrival of Croatian national football team players at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb on July 16, 2018, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
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The Airbus 319 airplane carrying the Croatian national football team lands on the tarmac of the International Airport in Zagreb on July 16, 2018. Croatian media on July 16 hailed their team as heroes after the small country's historic success in reaching the World Cup final where France beat them 4-2.
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Croatian national football team members step out from their Airbus 319 airplane in Zagreb International Airport on July 16, 2018 after their return from the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia in Zagreb International Airport on July 16, 2018.
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People gather for a 'heroes' welcome' in tribute to Croatian national football team, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup, at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb on July 16, 2018.
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A man cheers as people gather for a 'heroes' welcome' in tribute to Croatian national football team, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup, at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb, on July 16, 2018.
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Supporters stand on the roof of a building, to take part in a welcome party for Croatian national football team, a day after their Russia 2018 World Cup final football match against France, near the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb, on July 16, 2018. Croatian media on July 16 hailed their team as heroes after the small country's historic success in reaching the World Cup final where France beat them 4-2.
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A Croatian Air Force helicopter flies over downtown Zagreb on July 16, 2018, where people gather for a welcome party for Croatian national football team, a day after their Russia 2018 World Cup final football match against France. Croatian media on July 16 hailed their team as heroes after the small country's historic success in reaching the World Cup final where France beat them 4-2.
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People gather for a 'heroes' welcome' in tribute to Croatian national football team, after reaching the final at the Russia 2018 World Cup, at the Bana Jelacica Square in Zagreb, on July 16, 2018.