Emotions ran high as the audience watched the match on a large screen in Al Wosail Ballroom.
Fans who had gathered in Zagreb to watch the match on a big screen hugged each other in commiseration.
Twelve boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded Thai cave will watch a recording of the World Cup final which takes place on Sunday, not the live broadcast, an official at the hospital they are staying in said.
French sports daily L'Equipe on Friday came up with nine reasons why Les Bleus will lift the trophy again after a first title in 1998.
Croatia secured a hard-won spot in the tournament showpiece against France, to be held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to watch the game between France and Croatia in the shadow of one of the country's most visited sites.