World Cup 2018

4-2 now. Croatia back in it.

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Huge surprise!

Never has a team in the whole history of football less deserved to be 4-2 down.

Injury time. Five minutes added on. Five minutes until France become World Champions for the second time.

Pogba just missing a sitter to make it 5-2. Still, I don't think he's too bothered.

And that's it! The final whistle goes. Delirious French substitutes run onto the field; Macron embraces Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović; and France have won the World Cup.
France’s Paul Pogba became the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final, and the first Premier League player to do so since Emmanuel Petit in 1998.

The medals and trophy presentation has been delayed, for some reason. What's going on? Have they lost the Jules Rimet Trophy? Where's Pickles the dog when you need him?

No, it's okay. There's the trophy. France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris can't wait to get his hands on that and hold it aloft.

It looks like Putin is to award the trophy.
Congrats to the frogs. Krauts will be back in four years.
Started pissing down in Moscow, now, just as Croatia receive their medals. It's bizarre - everyone's getting soaked just as France are about to receive the Jules Rimet Trophy.

I'm looking forward to Euro 2020 now, especially with England being a co-host and the final being held at Wembley.

Here's who the individual player awards go to for the 2018 World Cup (one player from each of the four semi-finalists, as it turns out):

France beat Croatia to win the World Cup for the second time

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer in Moscow, Russia
BBC News

2018 World Cup final

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

France 4-2 Croatia
Mandzukic 18 og........... Perisic 28
Griezmann 38 pen...........Mandzukic 69
Pogba 59
Mbappé 65

France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.

France's victory meant Deschamps, who captained them 20 years ago, became just the third man to win the competition as a player and coach.

Croatia also felt their luck deserted them, but ultimately France ran out victorious to erase the memories of the loss to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris.

In one of the most exciting World Cup finals of the modern era, played out to a soundtrack of thunder, Croatia and France delivered an enthralling spectacle that brought the highest goal tally in a final since 1966, a pitch invasion, and a controversial intervention from the video assistant referee that had a huge influence on the outcome.

France took the lead after 18 minutes when Antoine Griezmann's free-kick deflected in off Mario Mandzukic's head - but Croatia were by far the better side in the first half and deservedly equalised courtesy of Ivan Perisic's left-foot finish.

Croatia were left nursing a burning sense of injustice when France restored their lead seven minutes before half-time through Griezmann's penalty, awarded by referee Nestor Pitana for handball against Perisic after a lengthy delay while VAR was consulted.

In a compelling second half, France looked to have wrapped it up with two strikes in six minutes from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe either side of the hour mark.

Croatia, however, showed unbreakable spirit and even threatened a comeback when Mandzukic took advantage of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hesitating over a clearance to pull a goal back.

But France closed out the win to bring redemption for Deschamps after defeat at the Euros two years ago, sparking wild celebrations and ensuring Lloris lifted the World Cup.

Watch live as huge crowd celebrates France's victory in Paris:
Curious Cdn
France wins!!

Mighty Croatia comes second!

The Belgians get "the Bronze"!

England also ran.
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England also ran.

Just like the other 28 teams, then.

Although, every team in the tournament was older and more experienced than the England team.
Curious Cdn
It was glorious!

England is officially a Third World country, now. She has a football team that can win games.
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

It was glorious!

England is officially a Third World country, now. She has a football team that can win games.

Just another soccer game!
One game?

Shouldn't it be best 2 out of 3?
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

France wins!!
Mighty Croatia comes second!
The Belgians get "the Bronze"!
England also ran.

U.K. is a stronger country in football league but in national teams its France of thus.