France keeping feet on ground ahead of World Cup final

France keeping feet on ground ahead of World Cup final

Fans across the world - in Moscow, Paris, and Zagreb, but also London and NY - were in great noise as the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation came to its conclusion on Sunday.

Croatia started full of energy but went behind in the 18th minute when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off the head of Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time victor against England in the semi-final. While I would argue that Argentine referee Néstor Pitana got it right with the help of VAR on Perisic's penalty, it was unfortunate that VAR isn't allowed to review the dive that Griezmann took to earn the free kick that led to France's first goal.

However a freekick in the 18th minute from Griezmann flicked off of Croatian star Mario Mandzukic's head and nestled into the far corner of the Croatian net. If Croatia can clear one more hurdle, they will make history. "The crowd absolutely erupted as soon as the final whistle sounded, all 80,000 of those packed in the fan zone".

France-Croatia is also a rematch of the 1998 World Cup semifinal won by Les Bleus at home.

France last won the World Cup on home soil in 1998.

The six-goal final was the most since England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966. He sent a pass to Griezmann, who then found Pogba at the top of the box.

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However, despite pushing in the final 20 minutes, Croatia could not get back into the match and France were crowned World Cup champions for the second time.

But while the celebrations begin on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris and across France, Croatia will wonder what might have been had the first-half penalty not been awarded just as they were in the ascendancy.

In the 59th minute, Paul Pogba sent 19-year-old breakout star Kylian Mbappe on a run down the right side with a flawless pass from just before midfield.

There were as many wins as losses at the World Cup, unbelievable goals - with Belgium leading the way - and plenty of extra-time and penalty drama (thanks, Croatia). and cards, lots and lots of cards.

Ivan Rakitic agreed, saying: "We were the better team in the first half, we were attacking, but we were unlucky tonight". "We dominated and then the penalty was given". In the Velodrome against the world champions, we had this communion with the public but beyond that I don't think we saw it in such a way [that we were destined to win the final].

"To be honest with you, we are in our bubble", said goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris.

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