Formidable France secure second title

Calvin Saunders
July 16, 2018

The World Cup 2018 has been full of drama, not to mention fantastic soccer, including two intense one-goal games in the semifinals.

There were no goals after 90 minutes in the last two finals and you have to go back to 1966 for the last time there were at least six goals scored in a final.

Croatia have played in three straight extra-time games (two went to penalties), the equivalent of one more game compared to France.

Both teams failed to covert good chances early in the second half, but as the match neared an hour, France did convert.

The four people who charged onto the field in the 52nd minute simultaneously in what appeared to be old-fashioned police uniforms were tackled to the ground by stewards, but not before one shared a high five with a French player in the center circle.

"It's a young team who are on the top of the world". Some are champions at the age of 19.

"We did not play a huge game but we showed mental quality".

France led, 2-1, at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic briefly bringing first-time finalists Croatia level.

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Ivan Perisic equalised with a delightful left-footer just 10 minutes later but followed his team-mate's hero-turned-villain script when he handled the ball in his own area in the 33rd minute.

His handball at a corner could hardly be described as deliberate, yet Argentine referee Nestor Pitana reviewed the video by the side of the pitch and gave the penalty.

Ignoring Croatian protests, Griezmann stroked the ball home in the 38th minute for his fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018.

While, Croatia gained momentum with Mandzukic scoring in the second half and touching the 4-2 score but it wasn't much to pull the team through the second half. Croatia also include members of the Premier League (1), LaLiga (3), Serie A (4), Ligue 1 (1) and the Bundesliga (1).

The midfielder's right-footed shot was blocked but he quickly and coolly curved the rebound in with his left. That win puts them in a position to win their second World Cup title ever, the first coming in 1998.

However, far from seeing Croatia's extra workload as benefiting France, Lloris thinks it will only have strengthened their opponents' desire to win.

France join Uruguay and Argentina in winning the World Cup for the second time, after their 1998 triumph over Brazil when Didier Deschamps - now the coach - was the captain.

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