Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Mental strength paid off for France, says Deschamps

Mental strength paid off for France, says Deschamps

The political class of France is accused of economically repressing Africa over the centuries and even today, several of the former French colonies in Africa have not overcome the financial obstacles that were imposed on them.

Earlier Putin was making the most of the much-anticipated World Cup final, cozying up to UFC fighter Conor McGregor. "Thank you and congratulations on an fantastic World Cup".

"I have a whole story to write", Mbappe said.

"You're supposed to be talking about the players, the quality, and we've got to talk about this idiot".

The trio gathered in the Georgievsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace and, in place of a baton to symbolise the changing of the Host Nation, they used the official match ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ knockout rounds, the adidas Telstar Mechta.

But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half.

But France fought Croatia off when it had to and punished it when it could.

'The most important thing was the saves I made, ' said Lloris.

"We were dominant, we had control", Dalic said through a translator.

Elaborating further, he added: "We lacked the luck that we had throughout the tournament".

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Only Franz Beckenbauer of Germany and Brazil's Mario Zagallo have managed the same feat, but neither marked the moment with quite the same outpouring or joy. For many, it was surprising since a lot of other teams too had players of African descent but it was only the Les Bleus who earned the label.

People from France say this was the ideal setting to watch the game, because it felt like home, and united a community.

Two years ago at home, France flopped in a European Championship final it was expected to win against Portugal.

"We invite everyone to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar!"

"Football is the greatest game in the world and that decision disgusts me", he said.

Macron paced nervously out of his seat during the video review, and kissed his Croatian counterpart on both cheeks to console her after the game.

The two previous finals were 0-0 after 90 minutes before being settled with a single goal deep into extra time.

First, Antoine Griezmann went down easily for a free-kick. That was the final score.

On Sunday morning the St. Nicholas Tavelich Croatian Catholic Church was packed with over 300 people who weren't there to take part in mass, but rather to cheer on the Croatian team in the final game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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