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FIFA World Cup: Croatia beats England 2-1, will clash with France!

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Croatia beats England 2-1 in the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup cricket tournament being played in Russia, will clash with England in the Final on Sunday the 15th of July. 

According to details, Croatia will play France in the World Cup final after they beat England 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday thanks to a Mario Mandzukic goal in the second period of extra-time.

Kieran Trippier’s free-kick after five minutes gave England a dream start to the semi-final but Croatia clawed their way back into the match and Ivan Perisic equalized with a 68th-minute volley.

Mandzukic was fastest to react to Perisic’s header and shot past Jordan Pickford in the 109th minute to decide the game in the Luzhniki Stadium and send Croatia into their first ever World Cup final.

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FIFA World Cup changed negative image of Russia

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MOSCOW: Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world had a chance to see a real Russia, thanks to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which changed the image of our country, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said, commenting on the tournament results regarding its humanitarian aspect.
“The World Cup drastically changed (for long, I hope) the perception of our country, having dispelled the fake myth of Russia. We gave the world a real festival of sports, culture and sincere and open human relations,” Matviyenko wrote in her column on the Izvestiya newspaper’s web site.
She noted that 16,000 journalists covered the championship, and billions of people had the chance to watch it and thus join the global event. “The most important thing is that hundreds of thousands could see a real Russia – its cities and nation – for themselves,” the Federation Council speaker added.
The senator highlighted that many foreign fans from dozens of countries said that they had “the wrong, sometimes even absurd, image of Russia imposed on them by their home pro-Western media.” It is obvious that today the information about Russia is aired by Western TV companies and published in newspapers following a most scrupulous filtration and propagandist work, during which “objective and even neutral information is eradicated in the harshest possible way,” she said.
Matviyenko reiterated that after Russia received the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the information war against it was galvanized, including with the use of methods that have no relation to sports. In particular, British and international mass media sensationalized the Skripals case, she said.
“There were constant rumors of the transferal of the championship, possible countries that may host it instead were named, and those wishing to attend [the championship] were warned about the possible loss of money. Then tales of bears on Moscow streets and the round-the-clock frenzy of Russian fans, who will meet foreigners at airports armed with clubs, appeared,” the Federation Council speaker noted.
In light of this, the MP noted the calm and strict positon of FIFA, which closely monitored the work of the country that hosted the championship and the entire preparation process. “This position should be respected in every possible way,” Matviyenko stressed.
She thanked FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who called the tournament held in Russia the best in its history.
The FIFA World Cup took place from June 14 to July 15, 2018, in 11 Russian cities.

 

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Football World Cup Final: France beat Croatia to lift the cup after 20 years

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MOSCOW: Luzhniki Stadium here was the venue where French footballers beat Croatia eleven with the help of goals by Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Mario Mandzukic.

In a match that had a bit of everything, Mario Mandzukic scored the first ever own goal in a World Cup final to put France in front at the Luzhniki Stadium, only for Ivan Perisic to equalize.
However, Antoine Griezmann’s penalty put France back in front after Perisic’s handball was penalized with the aid of the video assistant referee, before Pogba and Mbappe both scored in the second half.
The first team to score four times in a final since Brazil in 1970, the French could even afford to see Mandzukic pull a goal back following a ridiculous goalkeeping mistake by Hugo Lloris.
France join Uruguay and Argentina in winning the World Cup for the second time, after their 1998 triumph over Brazil when Didier Deschamps — now the coach — was the captain.
The game will be remembered as the highest-scoring World Cup final since England’s win over West Germany in 1966, and for Mbappe becoming the youngest player to score in the final since Pele in 1958.
But while the celebrations begin on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris and across France, Croatia will wonder what might have been had the first-half penalty not been awarded just as they were in the ascendancy.
The smallest country to reach the final in the modern era will feel they were ultimately beaten by modern technology.
The questions before the match surrounded whether a tired Croatia side could pick themselves for this game after needing extra-time to beat England in the semi-finals.
Croatia played all the football early on, with Mbappe on the fringes of the game, but it was France who went in front in the 18th minute.
Griezmann won a soft free-kick wide on the right and his delivery into the area was flicked into his own net by the unfortunate Mandzukic. It was harsh on Croatia, especially with Pogba possibly a fraction offside when the free-kick was played.
Zlatko Dalic looked rueful, but his team continued to assert themselves and were back level just before the half-hour, Domagoj Vida laying the ball off for Perisic, who shuffled the ball from right foot to left before drilling a superb shot past Hugo Lloris with the aid of a touch off Raphael Varane.
But Perisic was at the center of the controversy that led to France’s second goal in the 38th minute.
His handball at a corner could hardly be described as deliberate, but Argentine referee Nestor Pitana reviewed the video by the side of the pitch and gave the penalty.
As a thunderstorm erupted in the sky over Moscow, Griezmann stroked home the penalty, his fourth goal of the competition and his third from a spot-kick.
It was also France’s first actual attempt on goal, but they picked off Croatia after the break.
Shortly after three pitch invaders briefly interrupted proceedings, the third French goal arrived in the 59th minute.
Pogba started the move with a drilled pass for Mbappe on the right. His cutback found Griezmann, and he laid the ball off for Pogba to score at the second attempt from 18 yards.
Mbappe then added his name to the scoresheet in the 65th minute when he collected a Lucas Hernandez pass and fired low past Subasic from 25 yards, capping what has been a fine tournament for the 19-year-old.
That should have been that, but Croatia were given something to cling to as Lloris absurdly tried to dribble away from Mandzukic on the edge of his six-yard box, and the striker stuck out a foot to divert the ball in.
But for Lloris the World Cup winner’s medal will help make up for the embarrassment of that moment. France coach Didier Deschamps hailed his side’s “wonderful” World Cup victory after a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Sunday’s final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
The 49-year-old becomes only the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach after leading France to their maiden title in 1998 as captain.
“It’s so beautiful, so wonderful,” Deschamps told French TV channel TF1.”I’m really happy for this group… It wasn’t always easy, but by working hard, listening, they are on top of the world for four years.” France erupted in joy on Sunday as the country clinched the World Cup, with fans streaming into the streets, honking car horns and flying the tricolor flag at the start of an enormous national celebration.
Cheers rang out throughout the country for each of four goals in the final as “Les Bleues” beat Croatia, transforming the young team into national icons 20 years after the country’s first World Cup triumph in 1998.
The most delirious scenes were in the fanzone near the Eiffel Tower where 90,000 people packed out a park in front of a giant screen, while other fans filled the Champs Elysees even before the final whistle rang out.
Hundreds of thousands partied on the capital’s most famous boulevard after France’s semi-final victory against Belgium last Tuesday with the crowds on Sunday expected to rival those of 1998 when more than one million gathered there.
The bells of Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris also rang out in the immediate aftermath of the game to mark the triumph.
Security will be in the back of fans’ minds after more than three years of deadly attacks that have claimed around 250 lives, with extremists often targeting crowds enjoying a night out.
France has deployed 110,000 police and security forces across the country over the weekend and security forces have blocked all traffic around the Champs Elysees area.
With success on the pitch, a country riven by tensions and still shaken by a string of terror attacks since 2015 has been able to revel in a newfound feeling of togetherness.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Russia’s President Putin for his “perfect” organization of the World Cup as the two leaders prepared to watch the final on Sunday.
Macron and his wife Brigitte met the Russian leader at the Kremlin on Sunday afternoon before the match between France and Croatia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
Macron told Putin he wanted “to congratulate you as the organizing country for how well this event has passed off. It has not only been watched around the world, but the whole world has come here” to watch it.
“To do it in safe conditions and with everything going perfectly was a challenge, so well done for that.”
Putin congratulated France for having reached the final.
“I am sure we will see an interesting, intense, close match which millions of spectators across the world will enjoy,” he said.
Putin met earlier with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
She congratulated him on his hosting of the competition, saying it was an “example of how such an event should be organized”.
She presented Putin with a Croatia number-9 football shirt inscribed with his name.
Several other world leaders and sporting and show business stars were due to attend the final.

French Citizen, Ambassador at large for International Human Rights Commission and Madame Elegant France International, Tabassum Saleem while talking to NPTV has extended her warmest facilitations to France for winning FIFA World Cup 2018.

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PS: France won their second World Cup 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.
The breathless 4-2 victory under stormy skies at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deschamps’ side – balancing youthful vitality and tournament nous – have buried the pain of their defeat in the Euro 2016 final on home soil.
For the small nation of Croatia, the loss spells bitter pain but fans at home will celebrate the best run in the nation’s history, which featured a stunning win against Argentina and a semi-final victory against England.
Earlier, Croatia’s fans, massed behind Danijel Subasic’s goal, unveiled an enormous flag during their national anthem and their side roared out of the blocks, pinning France back in their own half.
It was the French who scored first, courtesy of an own goal in the 18th minute by Mario Mandzukic following an Antoine Griezmann free-kick but they were pegged back by a lovely Ivan Perisic strike 10 minutes later.
Griezmann restored France’s lead from the penalty spot after the referee awarded a controversial spot-kick with the help of VAR (video assistant referee) for a handball.
As thunder rolled around the stadium, Griezmann lined up the penalty, holding the ball under his arm. Croatia goalkeeper Subasic did his best to put the French striker off but he held his nerve to lash the spot-kick into the net.
Croatia was first out after half-time and again were into their stride quickly, with the brilliant Luka Modric pulling the strings in midfield as roars of “Croatia” echoed around the stadium.
But Manchester United’s Paul Pogba extended France’s lead within a quarter of an hour, stroking the ball home — sparking scenes of joy behind the goal from French fans, who knew their country had one hand on the trophy.
Kylian Mbappe appeared to make sure just minutes later. But Croatia was given renewed hope when Mandzukic made the most of a mistake by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
France strongly fancied to win the final, started their tournament in France slowly, beating Australia and Peru by the odd goal before a goalless stalemate with Denmark saw them top the group.
But they moved up through the gears in the knockout stages, seeing off Lionel Messi’s Argentina in a seven-goal thriller before cruising to a 2-0 win against Uruguay and seeing off Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final.
For Croatia, the match in Moscow was perhaps one too far after they were taken to extra-time for three consecutive games.
Deschamps, who captained France when they lifted the World Cup in 1998, has become just the third man to win the trophy as both a player and a manager after Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo.
Croatia has brought joy to their Balkan nation of just four million people by defying the odds to progress to the final while reigning champions Germany, then Argentina and Brazil all fell by the wayside in Russia.
Football fever has slowly built over the past four weeks as France took its young national team to heart, with ecstatic scenes on the Champs-Elysees avenue after their semi-final victory.
Giant screens were erected in scores of fan zones across the country under exceptionally tight security, with the biggest gathering of all expected in Paris, where 90,000 will converge on a fanzone next to the Eiffel Tower.
Red-and-white chequerboard patterns were everywhere in Croatia, on cars, in shop windows, trams, buses as well as on jerseys worn by waiters, shop workers or TV presenters.

 

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England and Belgium battle for World Cup consolation prize

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SAINT PETERSBURG: England face Belgium in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday with the tournament’s top scorer Harry Kane eyeing the chance to add to his six goals in the meeting of the beaten semi-finalists.
Both teams will line up in Saint Petersburg with a sense of what might have been as France and Croatia prepare for Sunday’s final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, but they will want to leave Russia on a high.
Tottenham’s Kane has the chance to become just the second England player after Gary Lineker in 1986 to win the Golden Boot, joining luminaries such as Brazil’s Ronaldo, Germany’s Gerd Mueller and Portugal’s Eusebio.
“Last training session of this World Cup,” Kane tweeted on Friday. “Time for one final push tomorrow and finish on a high!”
Kane, 24, came into the tournament after another prolific season for Spurs and started with a bang, scoring two goals in his first match against Tunisia and a hat-trick against Panama.
But he failed to find the net against Croatia in Wednesday’s semi-final as England agonisingly let a 1-0 lead slip to lose 2-1.
Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku has four goals in Russia, with the French pair of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe both on three.
England manager Gareth Southgate admitted the challenge of preparing for the bronze medal game has been tough, saying he would make changes.
“It won’t be exactly the same starting XI but ideally we want to make as few changes as possible,” he said. “We have the chance to win a medal at the World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.”
Southgate is determined to paint a positive picture of England’s tournament, despite the agony of missing out on their first final since 1966.
“It’s been an incredible experience, a life experience,” he said. “We talked as a group of players and staff that we wanted to create memories which would be with us forever, and friendships which would last forever.”
“We have a chance to win a medal, we have a chance to give the best-ever performance on foreign soil from an English team.”
For Belgium, a third-place finish would represent their best-ever performance at a World Cup, after they finished fourth in Mexico in 1986.
Despite boasting the attacking prowess of Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, Roberto Martinez’s men fell short in their semi-final against France, losing 1-0.

 

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