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The goal of the tournament! ⚽

After this post, I believe that there are just three more posts to go before I get back to regular scheduling. Until July 23rd, you can vote for the goal of the tournament on FIFA here: Goal of the tournament but I already know who my winner is regardless of the end result from the very first time I saw it.  

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Benjamin Pavard v Argentina

LE PLUS BEAU BUT DU MONDIAL!

INCROYABLE!

The curly head defender’s wonder goal changed the entire match. For me, it’s the best goal of the tournament and the best goal of the year. It was a wicked glorious ice-cold beauty which delighted not only the fans of Les Bleus but also the footballing world. 

Other goals I loved:

Ángel Di María v France

This was such an amazing goal!

Edinson Cavani v Portugal 

He is too good with his head!

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Rain pours down on France as they celebrate World Cup title. 🏆

The tournament is over, but I’ll be wrapping up WC blogs this week.

July 15th, 2018 is a day that I'll always remember 

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. 

     

France Achievements:

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!

  

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MI:6 – Parisian premiere and that wicked fight scene!

This post will self-destruct in five seconds (possibly).

The actors of Mission: Impossible – Fallout turned out for the Parisian premiere last evening and the critics couldn’t stop raving about the movie. The movie started filming without a script. Reminds me of my own writing, sometimes. I just wing it sometimes abandoning plotting and outlining. Anyway, the City of Love was bathed in splendor and glamour last evening. 

The Eiffel Tower totally wore it better and outshone everyone else.

All eyes were on Tom…

…who proved that he isn’t a vampire once and for all. I mean, look at that aging. If that isn’t aging, then I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. He said that the movie is a “love letter to Paris”. And I honestly don’t know how can he stops to talk to every fan, sign every autograph and take every selfie even before the red carpet starts!

A few raves about the movie:

Entertainment Weekly: He’s (Tom) “ageless”, with the film getting “better, twistier and more deliriously fun with each installment.” 

Variety: “with each one (MI film) surpassing the last this one is the most exciting and ambitious of the lot”.

 The Telegraph: “spectacular and eye-popping” and “the blockbuster of the summer”

Even if the critics didn’t like it, I was still planning on seeing it because this franchize has grown on me. The spy action genre does not come better than this and I love that Paris is one of the backdrops for this film because Paris makes every movie look good even when it doesn’t deserve to. And the crew is going to do a lot of running for their lives.

Tom says that there’s some ‘heart’ in the movie. Who is he going to romance? The ex-wife? The crazy super spy who’s his equal? The blondie he’s holding hands with in the picture above as they run for their lives? Somebody, tell me! Eh, forget it. I’ll see when the film drops. I want to talk about the epic bathroom fight scene, though. I wanted to wait until I start my new series on writing, but alas! It cannot wait so let’s get to it.

The bathroom is made of cardboard or the men are just really strong. That aside, I like how the fight looks realistic despite the Asian dude tearing a drain pipe from the wall. Ethan Hunt does not beat everyone in the room singlehandedly and walks out unscathed. He gets blows and lands blows. Even August Walker gets some blows, too. He’s supposed to be “babysitting” Ethan if he tries to go rogue again and yet, he gets his butt handed to him although he does get in some nice punches. Looks like the brawler type though, and I am still on the fence with Henry Cavill. I like him better when he’s not speaking. 

The fight choreography was really well done right down to Hunt’s keysi moves and reaction timing. The Asian man is trying to take out an IMF agent and a CIA assassin at the same time! I especially love the part where August throws the man into the mirror, dude grabs the pipe just as Ethan comes running without looking (13 seconds in) and he just hurls it at Ethan, but super agent ducks in time and the pipe hits the wall. The look on Ethan’s face when he sees the pipe coming towards it was priceless. And the fact that there is no music makes it even better for the realism and the grittiness shines through. Hollywood, this is how you do a fight scene. 

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This movie is definitely going to put all the other MIs to bed. Everyone has outdone themselves based on what I’ve seen so far.

Catch MI Fallout in theaters from July 27th. Summer is going to be 🔥🔥.

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And then there were two

Croatia beat England 2-1 last evening to claim a spot in the final to face the French. Was there ever any doubt about the Croatians? They’ve been consistent throughout the tournament. What also motivated them, according to Luka Modric, was the English arrogance. English pundits and journalists were showing their disrespect to Croatia and they weren’t having any of that. 

 

So, the Croatians will meet the French on Sunday for a thrilling – and hopefully, epic – final. The French camp refuses to get ahead of themselves and captain Hugo Lloris said it best:

Sometime during my semi-final write up, I said that Croatia knows that they have what it takes to win it all, and although I am satisfied with how far they’ve come, I’ll be supporting Les Bleus all the way be it victory or defeat. 

ALLEZ LES BLEUS!

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C’est Magnifique! 🇫🇷

Umtiti scored the only goal – a great header in the 51′ – to beat Belgium and put France in the final since 2006 last evening. This is their second final in two years (2016, they reached the Euro final only to lose to Portugal) and this is their now or never moment. France did not reach the final because of one man, it was a team effort.

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Belgium was lucky that France had poor finishing in this match for they could’ve had 3 goals more at the final whistle. We were effective on the offense as well in defense. They dominated the match with less possession in the second half and did not allow Belgium to create any chances. But Belgium should hold their heads up and be happy for they played a great game so hats off to them.

Les Bleus, it’s been quite a journey and you’ve proved many doubters wrong over and over again. The final is the last stop so let’s make it count.

Allez les bleus!

     

Tous ensemble vers la finale!