The tournament is over, but I’ll be wrapping up WC blogs this week.
July 15th, 2018.
Another unforgettable experience in my book. France won the World Cup for the second time and it was also my bestie’s birthday. 💙
France faced Croatia in the final of the World Cup and won 4-2 in what was an entertaining final. Les Bleus took the lead on 18 minutes when Mario Mandžukić scored an own goal from an Antoine Greizmann freekick. I dislike his Fortnight celebration, though.
Croatia equalized in the 28′ from a wicked left-footed finish via Ivan Perišić and it was game on for both sides!
In the 36′ France was awarded a penalty after the use of VAR decided that Perišić handled the ball. After what seemed like ages, Griezmann converted from the penalty spot to make it 2-1.
In the 59′ Paul Pogba missed with his right foot, but he made no mistake with the left curling home a great effort that extended France’s lead.
Six minutes later, Kylian Mbappé joins the party with a wicked strike to put the French in the driving seat.
There were no more goals to come from the French, but Hugo Lloris made a disastrous error in the 69′ which saw Mandžukić pull one back for Croatia.
Other than that, Lloris had a great game.
France did not lose a game in this tournament and they performed well to the very end. Croatia also had the tournament of their lives. There were some fans whining about possession, but here’s a news flash: modern football is not about statistics and it certainly does not care about possession for possession does not win games. You have to be decisive in front of goal and the French were just that.
And nature came out to celebrate victory with the French after winning their second WC after 20 years.
1998: World Cup champions
2000: Euro champions
2006: World Cup finalists
2016: Euro finalists
2018: World Cup champions
Vive la France et vive la République!