Soccer fans gather for World Cup final

Soccer fans gather for World Cup final

Soccer fans gather for World Cup final

Soccer fans at the Edmonton Croatia Football Club in Edmonton, Canada cheer on Team Croatia but were disappointed in the end as France defeated Croatia by a score of 4-2 at the 2018 soccer World Cup final in Moscow, Russia on Sunday July 15, 2018.

Deschamps became just the third person to win the World Cup as a player and manager, after captaining France to the World Cup on home soil, but he deferred the honour to his players after the game.

In a league match in April, he failed to see the Estudiantes goalkeeper had been unable to keep the ball in play while trying to prevent a corner and seconds later awarded Chacarita a penalty.

He was hugged, squeezed, jostled and cajoled by the young, diverse and talented team he has led to the summit of the sport and he did not attempt to stop them for a moment.

"World champion? It's a insane thing", he said.

At 49 Deschamps cannot claim to be young, but he could hardly hide his happiness.

And that quality shone in the clash played in front of an electric atmosphere in the 78,000-seater stadium just the river Moscow.

"I have to congratulate my players, it was maybe the best game we played in this tournament; we controlled the match but we conceded". And that they are going to be different now.

French NBA legend Tony Parker wrote: "Champions of the world!" Croatia are a team of fighters, but France will win because they are very solid all the way from their backline to the forwards - but it will be close.

"My greatest source of pride is they had they right state of mind", Deschamps told reporters.

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Deschamps happily admits he did not play with the same style as his illustrious predecessors and does not judge the current generation by aesthetics, only achievements.

He has scored three goals in Russian Federation, two from penalties and one largely thanks to a goalkeeping howler from Uruguay's Fernando Muslera, but he has also contributed two assists.

National netballer and Brazil fan I feel France's attack is very clinical and their strikers/wingers are very skilful individually. We must use what we've lived so as not to reproduce the same mistakes. I was not attractive but I also won. It's 50-50 but, if I have to make a prediction, I think France will edge it. The youngster has been tipped for big things for some time now and this marked his arrival on the grandest stage.

Fourteen of France's 23 players were World Cup newcomers but Deschamps said they were ready to work towards a common goal and were mentally more mature than their age. He's made save after save in close games, and has led Croatia through two penalty shootout wins.

The referee called the foul and awarded a free kick.

He disagreed, as did many observers, but did not linger. But Croatia despite that the first time the Croats reached a World Cup semi-final was in 1998.

Of course there's only one prize to win in Russian Federation.

"I respect the referee, he gave what he saw fair and square".

Dalic said he thought overall VAR was good for the game.

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