What a final to end a great World Cup!
France 4 vs. 2 Croatia
WHAT A FINAL! This World Cup has been amazing and this final had everything a football fan could want. France opened the scoring in the 18th minute after Mandzukić deflected the ball into his own net via a Griezmann cross. The goal came against the run of play as Croatia had created the better chances. Perisić soon equalised for Croatia with a brilliant goal in the 28th minute. Perisić was again involved in the 38th minute after handling the ball in his penalty box. The decision was referred to VAR and the referee decided that it was a penalty, whether it was a penalty is up for discussion but in my personal opinion it was because it came directly of the cross. France went into half time 2-1 up but Croatia played the better game. Croatia continued to attack as the game carried on and France having the lead decided to play on the counter as spaces opened up. Pogba added France’s third goal in the 59th minute after his initial shot rebounded of the defender and he curled the next shot in. Croatia poured more men forward and France added their fourth on the counter via Mbappé whose brilliant shot found the net in the 65th minute. Mandzukić got one back for Croatia in the 69th minute after Lloris was found napping on the ball, but what can you can expect from a Spurs player. The rest of the game continued in similar fashion as Croatia gave it their all and France defended well to lift the 2018 FIFA World Cup!.
Mbappé was named Young Player of the Tournament, Modrić was given the golden ball for his amazing performances throughout the tournament, Harry Kane got the golden shoe after scoring 6 goals and thereby continuing his trend of outscoring players but never winning anything, and Courtois was awarded the golden glove.
The World Cup came to an end and with that the countdown to 2022 began, four years from now new players would have emerged, several players would have retired and new technologies will be in use, but this World Cup was something else. The atmosphere was amazing, the football was epic, VAR was used properly and gave a good account of itself to the fans, and Russia did a fantastic job of hosting the competition.
Now as the players who reached the latter stages of the competition take rest, we as football fans will pivot to club football and if this summer’s transfer window is anything to go by then this season could be the best yet!