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Own goal and VAR technology make debut at FIFA World Cup final

Own goal and VAR technology make debut at FIFA World Cup final”

Everyone in the country took to the streets, sang, dance, and, of course, lit thousands of flares, to congratulate our boys on a job well done.

Antoine Griezmann paid tribute to the diversity and unity of the France squad after their World Cup final victory over Croatia.

Brazil's forward Neymar (C) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara on July 2, 2018.

Captain Hugo Lloris did not have his best game in a French shirt and his howler led to Mario Mandzukic grabbing Croatia's second as he was handed a five by the newspaper.

Despite dominating their opponents in the first half, Croatia found themselves trailing 2-1 heading into the sheds after France were awarded two controversial game-changing moments against the run of play.

Then a certain Mr Mbappe came to the party.

Some 4,000 police and security forces have been deployed across Paris during the World Cup festivities, and a vast security perimeter prohibiting vehicle access has been set up around the Champs Elysees avenue.

He and Samuel Umtiti enhanced their reputation during the tournament, giving France defensive solidity and helping the side keep clean sheets against Uruguay and Belgium.

"That's not how you celebrate", a tearful bystander wearing a French team jersey said. 1958: Kylian Mbappe became the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, at 19 years and 207 days, thus emulating Pele (17 years, 249 days) at the 1958 final for Brazil.

"It's already won", he tells me confidently.

This is the first time Croatia has ever appeared in a World Cup final.

"If somebody had offered us to be runners-up before the tournament started, that would have been fantastic..." The substitutes were not in a mood. "We've spent 55 days working hard together".

"He has incredible talent and incredible maturity for his age", Varane said.

"We want to see this again, with the players jumping, shouting, everywhere, with all of France, all our fans, all our families, everyone". That's it. There are different origins but we are all united.



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