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France crowned World Champions after 20 years, Croatia’s Luka Modric wins Golden Ball

Jul 16, 2018 12:00 IST
    France crowned World Champions after 20 years
    France crowned World Champions after 20 years

    France on July 15, 2018 clinched their second FIFA World Cup title, beating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring final since 1996.

    The win comes for France, 20 years after they claimed their first FIFA title- in 1998.

    The Final: Key Highlights

    The 2018 final, which went underway at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, saw France lead by 2-1 at halftime with one own goal and a penalty shot.

    The own-goal came off the top of Mario Mandzukic's head in the 18th minute.

    Croatia rallied to equalise the score with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic in the 28th minute.

    However, Antoine Griezmann’s penalty shot, after Ivan Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area, gave France the lead once again.

    In the second half, France made its lead even stronger with goals coming through Paul Pogba in the 59th minute and Kylian Mbappe in the 65th minute, taking the scorecard to 4-1.

    Despite falling behind, Croatia kept their fighting spirit on and Mario Mandzukic pulled off an intelligent goal for the team in the 69th minute.

    However, the scorecard at the end of the extra time read 4-2, delivering a blow to Croatia's hopes of winning their first-ever Cup.

    •  Antoine Griezmann of France was awarded the Man of the Match accolade for the game.

     France crowned World Champions after 20 years

     France crowned World Champions after 20 years

    The Records

    This was the first time that Croatia made it to the finals of the football World Cup. It is also the smallest country to reach the final in the modern era.

    The team’s previous best performance was in 1998, when again they had lost to France in the semi-finals. The team then failed to get past the group stage in 2002, 2006 and 2014 World Cup and did not qualify in 2010.

    For France, it was their first World Cup win after winning on home soil in 1998.

    France’s 19-year-old Mbappe became the only second teenager after the Brazilian football legend -Pele to score in a World Cup final.

    Harry Kane, the tournament’s top goal scorer became the first Englishman since Tommy Lawton in 1939 to score in six consecutive internationals, although he did not score in England's last three matches in Russia. All his goals came in England's first four games, with three from penalty shootouts.

    The Winners

    Name

    Team

    Award

    Harry Kane (6 Goals)

    England

    Golden Boot Award (Top goal scorer)

    Luka Modric

    Croatia

    Golden Ball Award (Best player)

    Thibaut Courtois

    Belgium

    Golden Glove Award (Best goalkeeper)

    Kylian Mbappe

    France

    Best Young Player 

    Spanish football team

    Spain

    FIFA Fair Play Trophy

     France crowned World Champions after 20 years

     France crowned World Champions after 20 years

    Team Standings

    Quarterfinals

    Matches

    Winners

    Score

    Uruguay vs. France

    France

    2-0

    Brazil vs. Belgium

    Belgium

    2-1

    Sweden vs. England

    England

    2-0

    Russia vs. Croatia

    Croatia

    2-2 ( Croatia win penalty shoot outs 4-3)

    Semifinals

    Matches

    Winners

    Score

    France vs. Belgium

    France

    1-0

    Croatia vs. England

    Croatia

    2-1

    Third-place match

    Matches

    Winner

    Score

    Belgium vs. England

    Belgium

    2-0

    World Cup Final

    Matches

    Winner

    Score

    France vs. Croatia

    France

    4-2

    About 2018 World Cup

     France crowned World Champions after 20 years The 2018 World Cup ended on July 15, 2018 after 32 days of great play. The tournament had begun on June 14 with the first match being Russia vs. Saudi Arabia.

    It featured 32 teams and a total of 169 goals were scored, making it one of the highest-scoring World Cups ever.

    Coming to penalties, 219 yellow cards and 4 red cards were given during the entire length of the tournament.

    The tournament was full of surprises with underdogs like Russia and Croatia moving ahead and popular teams like - Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Germany- shown the door early.

    The tournament ended with France being crowned the champions for the second time, after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow.

    With the win, France joined Uruguay and Argentina in winning the World Cup for the second time.

    The only teams to have won the world cup more than two times include Brazil, which tops the tally with 5 wins and then Germany and Italy with 4 wins each.

    Spain and England both have won the Cup once each.

    2022 FIFA World Cup

    Qatar would be hosting the 2022 edition of the World Cup.

    It would be the first time the World Cup would be held in the Middle East region and Qatar would be the first Arab country to host the World Cup.

     

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