France Wins World Cup for 2nd Time; Croatia Almost Smelled Victory

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Gareth Southgate - and by proxy, English pub owners everywhere - was rewarded for choosing Jordan Pickford as his No. 1, even though the Everton stopper didn't feature once in qualifying and had been capped all of three times prior to the Three Lions' first group stage match against Tunisia.

In 1998, after Croatia was admitted to compete in the FIFA World Cup, it lost in the semi-finals to France.

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.

Al-Thawadi added: "We congratulate Russian Federation on hosting a memorable World Cup and look forward to following this success in 2022 with another fantastic experience for football fans everywhere".

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Harry Maguire has gone from a relative unknown to a household name. "They are too attractive, France is handsome!" said Julia Cohen, 28, after seeing players pass by on the Champs-Elysees, the gathering point for all national celebrations. Maguire has proved risky from set-pieces and opened his global account with a bullet header in England's 2-0 victory against Sweden.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, left, gestures as Russian President Vladimir Putin stands underneath an umbrella watched by French President Emmanuel Macron after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. If so, the forward saved some of his best for last as he single-handedly hauled Portugal out of the group. An additional eight own goals came off set pieces, a insane stat considering the previous World Cup record was six OGs of any kind. Following an impressive tournament, it was announced earlier last week that Ronaldo was leaving Real Madrid to join Juventus.

With a host rocked by a diplomatic crisis, accused of supporting terrorism, facing allegations of corruption and human rights abuse, a tournament shifted to November and December for the first time and uncertainty over how many teams will take part in 2022, it is fair to say there has never been a World Cup like Qatar's.

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium): The Belgium shot-stopper was brilliant throughout the tournament, especially late in his team's 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Brazil when the 26-year-old made a number of fine saves as the Selecao peppered his goal in search of an equalizer. He missed a penalty in Argentina's surprise draw against Iceland, and was outshone by Mbappe in their last-16 defeat to France.

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Then again, this World Cup served as a stark reminder that it's hard to defend a title at a major worldwide tournament.

Does this mean we have been getting Russian Federation wrong?

Qatar's World Cup preparations have so far been like none before it and the next four years promise to be no different.

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Modric starred as Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 in extra time in Moscow and set up a Sunday final against France .

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