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By: Brenda Cervantes

 As hard as it is to say it, the World Cup is over. France took the win against Croatia on Sunday July 15. Cheers and tears of joy were all over the streets of France and across the nation. France showed great victory against Croatia, having not won a World Cup since 1998. Croatia played magnificently this World Cup, by defeating Russia in penalties during quarter-finals. Also defeating England during overtime, but this was not the year for Croatia. France showed on Sunday that it was their turn to take the trophy home.

In the 90-minute game,  there were surprises and both teams showed how bad they wanted the trophy. The game was breathtaking with goals scoring back to back. Mario Mandzukic of France, scored the first goal at minute 18. Croatia then later tied the game with Ivan Perisic scoring. France did not let the game be a tie and 10 minutes later, Antonie Griezmann scored an incredible shot. There was no stopping for France, after the first half Paul Poyba scored a long shot leaving the game 3-1. An own goal was caused by Mario Mandzukic, but Kylain Mbappe closed the game scoring with a long strike. This ended the game with the score of 4-2, which is the highest final World Cup score since 1966.

This World Cup was full of record-breaking. Head coach Didier Deschamps, became the third man to win a World Cup as a player and as a coach. Kylain Mbappe was awarded with FIFA Young Player Award. At the age of 19, Mbappe became the second youngest player to score in the World Cup final. Before Mbappe, Pele scored for Brazil at the age of 17. According to Eurosport, “Ronaldo was probably the most exciting teenage talent in Football since Pele, but that tag now belongs to Mbappe.” He shared this accomplishments by donating 100% of his pay to a charity that offers free sports instruction to hospitalized and disabled children.

It was an incredible World Cup this year. All teams gave it their all, but it was France who deserved this championship. France showed great talent among the players and the coach. It is hard work and talent that gets rewarded. See you in 2022 World Cup.

 


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