Deschamps, a World Cup-winner in 1998 on home soil, coached his side to the final of Euro 2016 only for Portugal to break hearts in Paris with a 1-0 win.
At an average age of 26 years and one month, France were the second-youngest squad to compete in Russian Federation after only Nigeria, and were led by a teenager in 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who was named Best Young Player of the tournament after scoring four goals.
Commenting on the controversial penalty that fetched France a goal, Dalić says, "I never comment on refereeing, but let me say one sentence..."
A prolific game gave way to France when two goals were scored in the 59th minute - but the warning signs were there. I would like to thank all my players for what they have done.
"I feel like we're number one, even though we lost", said Zeljko Brnjas who moved to Canada from Croatia in 1962.
That game was against France as well, and back then they were defeated too.
Formidable France secure second title
FRANCE 0, DENMARK 0 : Both sides knock it around for 90 minutes knowing a draw means France wins the group and Denmark is second. Croatia came close to a second equalizer three minutes after thew restart when Lloris tipped Ante Rebic's drive over the bar.
At the age of 19 years and 192 days, the French star is the fourth youngest player to score in a World Cup knock-out game, after Pelé, Michael Owen & Julian Green.
Mario Mandzukic typified their efforts, running himself into the ground in the lone striker role but taking his chance to score the victor clinically when it presented itself almost 20 minutes into extra time.
"They haven't got just good, skilful players in Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann - players who've lit up this World Cup in moments - they're also tough and resilient".
Former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba, has tipped France forward, Kylian Mbappe, to win the Ballon D'Or award.
"A big football nation managed to outsmart Croatia with pragmatic albeit dominant football, France remains a puzzle to solve for Croatia".
However, the Croats were unable to find a way back into their first ever World Cup final.
Only a third of the World Cup champion team has white-European ancestry, and less than a quarter have French ancestry.