Croatian fury over World Cup final's game-changing 'Peter Hore' moment

It was the moment that turned the World Cup final into a farce – and now a Croatian defender has pointed to the second-half pitch invasion as their very own ‘Peter Hore’ moment.

Four members of the Pussy Riot feminist punk group descended on the Luzhniki Stadium field in the 52nd minute of France’s 4-2 win over Croatia.

Croatia, trailing 2-1 at the time, were on the attack when Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova and Pyotr Verzilov disrupted play.

Security chased the four around the ground, with Croatia defender Dejan Lovren even attempting to tackle one of the invaders himself.

The stoppage was relatively brief but 15 minutes later France had scored twice more to put one hand on the World Cup trophy.

Lovren grabbed one of the intruders. Pic: Getty

Lovren was furious at the time and remained frustrated with the stoppage after watching his rivals lift the trophy.

“I really was mad because we’d been playing at that moment in good shape,” he said.

“We’d been playing good football and then some interruption came. I just lost my head and I grabbed the guy and I wished I could throw him away from the stadium.”

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The incident and subsequent events evoked memories of serial pest Peter Hore’s disruption of Australia’s 1998 World Cup qualifier against Iran at the MCG.

The Socceroos had just gone up 2-0 when Hore jumped the fence, and Iran later scored two goals to book their place in the French tournament.

Australian fans have never forgotten, turning their minds to that moment during the World Cup final:






The four Pussy Riot members have since been jailed for 15 days by a Moscow court.

According to the Mediazona court news website, they were found guilty of “grossly violating the rules for spectators’ behaviour” and given the maximum punishment possible under the charge.

with AFP