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France Triumphs Over Croatia 4-2 In Exciting Final World Cup Match

For the second time, France has won the World Cup in true championship style by a score of 4-2 on Sunday ending Croatia’s hopes of a first major title.

From The New York Times:

The title is France’s second and the first since it won on home soil in 1998, and it ended a thrilling run by Croatia. The Croats survived three consecutive extra-time games and two penalty shootouts to reach their first final, and they even had the better of the game on Sunday.

But France fought Croatia off when it had to and punished it when it could. And when the final whistle blew, its players raced off the bench in glee, gathered in jumping hugs and shared embraces with their coach, Didier Deschamps, a midfielder on the 1998 team who became the third man to win the World Cup as a player and head coach.

This France team will not be remembered as the most elegant champions, or the most creative. But what it achieved — through diligent planning, hard work, relentless discipline and the occasional brilliance of Mbappé and others — was remarkable nonetheless. France was not so much great as fundamentally good: a team of outstanding talents willing to surrender possession and strike on the counter; a team capable of scoring superb goals but also willing to accept whatever it was given.

In spectacular form, Kylian Mbappé for France became only the second teenager in tournament history to score in a World Cup finals. The first was Pele in 1958.

Donald Trump, true to form, praised Russian Vladimir Putin for hosting the World Cup finals in the same breath as he congratulated France on the victory.