Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

World Cup moves onto Qatar and a whole lot of problems

World Cup moves onto Qatar and a whole lot of problems

We even had the little man in the middle go to VAR for the controversial penalty that saw Perisic penalised for handball -and allowed mini Griezmann to slot home his fourth of the tournament and celebrate with his usual "Take the L" Fortnite dance.

The championship game for the FIFA World Cup matched the hype it created. Brazil vs Belgium (July 6) finished second, followed by Brazil vs Mexico (July 2), France vs Argentina (June 30), and Costa Rica vs Brazil (June 22). He blunted rival forwards with his speed, anticipation and aerial strength.

And if there were any waverers, well, how do you like a final that finishes 4-2, has a video-replay nasty, a pitch invasion by a Russian feminist protest punk group dressed as bus drivers and sees Kylian Mbappe become the first teenager to score on this stage since Pele in 1958?

Center-back: Diego Godin (Uruguay): The 32-year-old was the bedrock of a Uruguay defense that was among the most frugal of the tournament. Lucas Hernandez wasn't shy when it came to sliding in the grass.

France's captain 20 years ago, Deschamps was lifted up by his players on the field and flung into the air several teams and caught.

Antoine Griezmann for France took a free kick from outside the Croatian box. The Chelsea midfielder was outstanding at Russian Federation 2018 with his tireless box-to-box running and knack for effecting turnovers. Croatia is just the second side to make a World Cup final after qualifying through a UEFA playoff (Germany, 2002) ...

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It wasn't just French players who were celebrated on social media; Croatia's Luka Modric stole the hearts of footy fans.

"I think there are many injustices in the world", FiFA's Italian president started. But those statistics only tell part of the story. Colombia vs England: 285,700 - Round of 16, 6am Wednesday 4 July 3. In doing so, Mbappe became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score twice in the same World Cup match.

Around 115 billion tweets relating to the World Cup were viewed on Twitter, with the majority heating up during the final on Sunday.

The DJ is playing "Don't Look Back in Anger" at the stadium now and the fact that very few can look back at anything that has occurred in Russian Federation over the last five weeks with that emotion - frustration, regret, worry about the credit-card bill, sure, but not anger - is surely testimony to a World Cup for the ages. The Tottenham Hotspur striker netted six goals - all of which came in his first three matches - including a hat-track against Panama. What about the teams that did not even make it?

But it was only after Gianni Infantino, the Federation Internationale de Football Association president, had presented France's players with the trophy that they had craved for so long, that their country and it's heroes last held 20 years ago, that all of the emotion, constrained from the moment they arrived in Russia, came rushing out in waves.

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