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Russia 2018; France emerge as Winners


The French national team are crowned World Champions today, after defeating an underdog Croatian team 4-2 in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday. It’s France’s second World Cup title and its first since it hosted the 1998 tournament 20 years ago. Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps was the captain in 1998 when his team shocked Brazil in Paris, and on Sunday he became the third to ever win the World Cup as a player and coach.

France’s first goal came off a Croatian’s head. The second was scored with the aid of the Argentine referee, and became the first video-assistant-reviewed goal in World Cup history.

An own goal from Mario Mandzukic, a penalty-kick goal from Antoine Griezmann and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe lifted one of the pre-tournament favorites to the title, capping off a magnificent run in the group stage. Aside from beating Croatia, France also beat Belgium, Uruguay, and Argentina on its way to the title.

First time for team Croatia qualification to world cup finals, many football fans were expecting them to lift the trophy as a record in world football but could not happen as team France showed more attitude in taking the cup home.

And it didn’t take too long for this one to get going. Despite Croatia playing better in the first half, a mistake gifted the lead to France. Mandzukic headed the ball into his own goal 18 minutes in on a set piece to make it 1-0:

But just 10 minutes later, the equalizer came off a lovely set piece that ended with Ivan Perisic’s rocket golazo:


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