July 15, 2018 / 6:43 PM / a year ago

Putin says Russia can be proud of organizing soccer World Cup

Soccer Football - World Cup - Final - France v Croatia - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 15, 2018 FIFA president Gianni Infantino, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of France Emmanuel Macron during the presentation REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday Russia could be proud of having organized the soccer World Cup.

He was speaking at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow soon after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the tournament final.

“The final was wonderful,” Russian news agencies cited Putin as saying.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk. Writing by Polina Ivanova. Editing by Jane Merriman

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