France Victorious - Second World Cup Win For The European Side


France have been crowned 2018 FIFA World Cup champions after defeating Croatia 4-2.

France got their goals through a Mario Madzukic own goal, Antoine Griezman, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe while Croatia were on target through Perisic and Madzukic.

France follow up on their 1998 victory to lift the trophy for the second time in. "It's a young team, who are on the top of the world. Some are champions at the age of 19," said Deschamps, who captained France to glory in 1998.

The 49-year-old is just the third man - after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer - to win the competition as a player and coach.

He said the victory was "not about me", adding: "It's the players who won the game."

France's first goal came from a controversially awarded free-kick, while the second was a penalty given after referee Nestor Pitana consulted his video assistants and overturned his original decision.

Deschamps felt his side "deserved to win".

"We did not play a huge game but we showed mental quality," he said. "And we scored four goals anyway.

"For 55 days, we have done a lot of work. We are proud to be French, to be Bleus.

"The group worked so hard and we had some tough moments along the way. It hurt so much to lose the European Championship two years ago, but it made us learn too."


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