THIS is the emotional moment Didier Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic embraced on touchline after recently losing their fathers.
The heartwarming scenes took place before the France and Croatia managers battled each other in the Nations League last night.
The points were split as Andrej Kamaric’s 83rd minute penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw for Croatia, with France having led since the 52nd minute through Adrien Rabiot.
But it was the touching encounter between bosses Deschamps and Dalic which was the highlight of the game.
The father of France gaffer Deschamps, Pierre, passed away on May 31.
The following day, Dalic’s dad Ivan also sadly died.
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And the two men embraced each other in a meaningful hug before kick-off last night, putting their rivalry to one side.
Deschamps famously triumphed against Dalic when France beat Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final.
But both managers were on hand to support each other yesterday in the wake of their respective losses.
The duo were both granted time off by their national football federations last week, with French chief Noel Le Graet saying at the time: “It is with great sadness that I have heard of the passing of Didier’s father this morning.
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“Didier went to join his relatives and I assure him of my friendship and my support in this ordeal.”
Croatian counterpart Marijan Kustic added: “We received this news with great sadness about Zlatko’s father’s passing.
“We express our deepest condolences to Zlatko and his family and tell him that the entire Croatian football family is standing by him in this difficult time.
“We want him to find a little consolation in the fact that his father left extremely proud of everything that Zlatko has achieved in life, what kind of many he became and what kind of family he built.
“May Ivan rest in peace.”
Speaking after last night’s result, Deschamps revealed he was not happy with France’s late capitulation – having already lost their first Nations League match against Denmark on Friday.
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Deschamps said: “This result brings regrets even though we were a bit incoherent in the final stages.
“We had the overall control with two chances to make it 2-0, but we conceded too many situations in the end.”
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