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It Was A Spectacular View Watching The Wolrd Cup Final Which Had Everything – Contentious Decisions, A Pitch Incursion, The First World Cup Final Own Goal, Its First Teenage Goalscorer Since Pele, And A Comedy Goalkeeping Error.

France Beat Croatia 4-2 To Be Crowned World Cup Champions For The Second Time And It Was A Truly Remarkable Event After Overcoming Croatia’s Bold Challenge In A Thrilling Final In Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

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.

World Cup Finals Have Been Low-Scoring And Tense Of Late – This Game Equalled The Combined Total Of Goals Scored In The Previous Four. The Last Final To Have More Than Two Goals Was In 1998 – The Other Time Les Bleus Won The World Cup.

It Was Also The Joint Highest Goal Tally In A Final Since 1958, When Brazil Beat Sweden 5-2.

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Ex-England Captain Alan Shearer Said: “As Fortunate As They Were To Be Leading At Half-Time, France Totally Changed In The Second Period. They Found A Way To Get Antoine Griezmann And Kylian Mbappe Into The Game And They Tightened Up At The Back.

“Congratulations To Them, They Have Been Magnificent.”

The Tournament Had 169 Goals – Two Short Of The Record 171 Set Four Years Ago In Brazil And In France ’98.

This Is The First World Cup To Use Video Assistant Referees (Var). After Being Utilised Regularly In The Group Stages, It Went Quiet For Most Of The Knockout Stage. But It Was Used In The Final To Award France A Penalty.

When Samuel Umtiti Flicked A Corner Towards Ivan Perisic’s Hand, The Referee Did Not Award Anything. But, After A Lengthy Discussion With The Video Assistant Referee, He Went To Watch It On A Screen – And Awarded A Penalty.

While Many Were Angry With Var, It Should Be Noted It Was Referee Nestor Pitana’s Decision To Award The Penalty, After Viewing The Incident Several Times. Antoine Griezmann Scored.

Shearer Said At Half-Time It Was A “Ridiculous Decision”.

“It Will Be Such A Shame If This Game Is Decided On That Decision,” He Said. “That Is Not A Deliberate Handball And It Shouldn’t Be A Penalty. The Referee Didn’t Give It Initially, But Then He Is Certain He Has Made An Error After Going To The Var? I Don’t Agree With It.”

Ferdinand Said: “Two Bad Decisions Have Turned The Game On Its Head. It Is Too Close For Ivan Perisic To React. He Is Not Going To Deliberately Handle The Ball.

“The Referee Took So Long So He Can’t Be Certain. He Can’t! It Becomes Almost Laughable. He Can’t Be Clear.”

Former Germany Striker Jurgen Klinsmann Said: “When You Are Not Sure, You Don’t Give It. It Is The Wrong Decision.”

Griezmann’s Goal Was The 22nd Penalty Scored At This World Cup – A Record. It Was The 29th Spot-Kick Taken – The Highest Since The Stats Were First Recorded In 1966.

This Has Been The World Cup Of Own Goals – 12 In Total. So It Was Only Right That The Final Had One.

Mario Mandzukic’s Header From Griezmann’s Free-Kick – Which Made It 1-0 To France – Made Him The First Player To Score An Own Goal In A World Cup Final.

Kylian Mbappe Was Only The Third Teenager To Play In A World Cup Final – And Became The Second To Score In One, Following Pele’s Double Against Sweden In 1958.

Earlier In The Tournament, Mbappe Put In Perhaps The Most Electrifying Performance Of The Tournament With Two Goals Against Argentina – Which Made Him The First Teenager To Score Twice In Any World Cup Game Since The Brazil Legend.

It Might Be Hard To Argue It Was A True Breakthrough Tournament For A Player Who Has Cost Paris St-Germain £159m – But The 19-Year-Old Finished With Four Goals And Was Unsurprisingly Named Young Player Of The Tournament.

“To Come To A World Cup With All Eyes On You, And To Do This At 19 Years Old… What A Great Strike. It’s The Intelligence And The Decision-Making. Kylian Mbappe Makes The Right Decisions So Often. There Is Already Maturity Beyond His Years.”

Klinsmann Said: “There Is So Much To Come Down The Road. He Is Shaking Up The Market. With Ronaldo Moving And Neymar Being Linked With Other Clubs, Where Is It Finishing With This Kid?

“What Impresses Me Most Is That He Is Already A Part Of The French Team That Is Like A Family. He Looks So Comfortable In This Side, Like He Has Been Playing In It For 10 Years.”

And He Is Just The Fifth Player To Score In A World Cup And European Cup Or Champions League Finals – The First Since Zinedine Zidane.

Croatia Return Home As Beaten World Cup Finalists But Their Approach To This Match Will Have Won The Hearts Of Neutrals And Earned Them A Prolonged Standing Ovation From Their Fans At The Final Whistle.

Zlatko Dalic’s Side Were The Better Team For The First Hour Despite Trailing, And Were Pushing France Back When They Were Hit By Those Two Swift Hammer Blows From Pogba And Mbappe.

Croatia Had Done It The Hard Way To Reach This Final, Winning On Penalties In The Last 16 And Quarter-Final Against Denmark And Hosts Russia Respectively Before Requiring Extra Time To Beat England In The Semi-Final.

Yet They Showed No Signs Of Tiredness As They Tore Into France From The First Whistle, And Even When The Game Looked Out Of Reach They Never Once Let Their Heads Drop, Threatening An Unlikely Comeback When Mandzukic Cashed In On Lloris’ Error.

World-Class Midfielder Luka Modric Has Lightened Up This World Cup, While The Energy, Commitment And Threat Of Perisic Stood Out Here.

Croatia’s Footballers And Their Coach Will Return Home As National Heroes – A Status They Fully Deserve After Their Contribution To This Spectacular World Cup And Their All-Out Approach To This Final.

There Had Been Worries About Russia Hosting The Tournament, With Concerns About The Potential For Racism, Hooliganism, And Gay Fans Being At Risk Of Violence.

But It Appeared To Go Off Smoothly.

Until, A Pitch Invasion In The Final Which Russian Punk Rock Group Pussy Riot Claimed Responsibility For, Saying They Were Protesting Against Various Political Issue In The Country.

Staff Acted Quickly To Get Them Off The Pitch – Though Several Had Confrontations With Players On Both Sides.

Also Present At World Cup Are Some Notable Special Guest Were At Final To Grace The Occasion, Such As The President Of Russia Vlardimir Putin, President Of France Emmanuel Macron And President Of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović Other Guest Includes Will And Jaden Smith, Ronaldinho, Conor Mcgregor And Many More. 

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