At a Kremlin meeting, Putin congratulated the Croatian president on the Croatian team's performance.
Honda's MotoGP champion Marc Marquez won for the ninth year in a row in Germany
Porte finished fifth overall in 2016.
Putin said Russia was proud of its achievements in hosting the World Cup
Streets around the stadium filled up from early as fans of the two nations
Likely to be haunted by nagging sense they might have done much better
Believes it would help reduce home advantage and bring more balance
Belgium forward Eden Hazard is considering leaving Chelsea before the start of next season
Bryan's first major title without twin brother Bob, missed tournament due to injury
Month-long tournament has been held without major security incidents