France win World Cup after classic final


The 32 teams that started the 2018 FIFA World Cup last month have been sifted down to the final two. Deschamps, who captained France when they lifted the World Cup in 1998, would become only the third man to win the trophy as both a player and a manager after Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo.

France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia's dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory on Sunday in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades. "It will be a special match because it is a World Cup final and we have to stay in our bubble to focus on the ultimate goal".

Griezmann, who has been celebrating goals with the dance from the video game since May, gave the celebration an airing on the biggest stage in France's World Cup final against Croatia.

Still, he said, the nine players who were in the squad at Euro 2016 will have passed on the lessons they learned from the experience of that final - if only how it felt to lose such a big match.

Croatia showed impressive resilience to come back from behind to take down England in the semi-finals.

"We saw in the last game that they finished the stronger of the two teams". And yes, that includes France's first and only in 1998.

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it", he said.

France win World Cup after classic final
France win World Cup after classic final

Antoine Griezmann rolled home the spot-kick to make it 2-1 to France with what was, tellingly, their only shot of any variety in an otherwise underwhelming opening 45 minutes from the favourites.

"It's a huge pleasure and privilege to play in such a match, there's nothing more lovely as a professional football player than to play in the World Cup final", he told reporters on Saturday. "I am here with them to write a new page in history, a most lovely page". Ivan Perisic has been involved in 10 goals at major tournaments for Croatia (6 goals, 4 assists), the joint-most along with Davor Suker (9 goals, 1 assist).

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And the Croatians are confident most of the world will be supporting them.

Croatia needed extra-time and penalties to beat both Denmark and Russian Federation, while Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor gave them victory over England in the semi-final.

The Eastern European side has seen their knockout matches go to extra-time three times so far - the equivalent of playing an extra game at the tournament. "We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament".

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