Jamie Carragher reacts to Hugo Lloris mistake in World Cup final

Posted July 16, 2018

But certainly it had been a virtuoso performance by a player of undoubted talent who finally answered his doubters on the game's biggest stage.

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How many country leaders do you know that could pull this one off? Then, after seeing Portugal lose Cristiano Ronaldo to injury in the first half, luck deserted his side as Andre-Pierre Gignac hit the post late in the game and they ended up losing in extra time.

That goal eventually did not matter, as Didier Deschamps's side won the match, but it did not stop former Liverpool and England worldwide defender Carragher from giving his take on Lloris's mistake.

Coach Zlatko Dalic said his players should be proud of their achievements.

It was a sharp climb down from the ante Croatia had set having taken the game by the scruff of its neck from kick off.

Moments later he was at it again, racing on to a through-ball from Olivier Giroud to round off a rapid counter-attack with another clinical low finish, stroking home from just inside the area.

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Nevertheless Pitana looked at the video and probably made decision which allowed Griezmann to put France 2-1 ahead in the Luzhniki Stadium.

It was only the second time that they had won the tournament and the first time they won it away from home after winning it in France 20 years ago.

However, France had different ideas, quickly wrestling the game out Croatia's hands through quick fire goals from Pogba and Mbappe. Pogba extended his country's lead at the second attempt with a left-footed shot that curled into the right corner of the net from 19 yards out after his initial effort had been blocked.

France dictated the pace of the game with Griezmann's speed troubling the plucky Croats.

"We're the champions of the world for the next four years and we deserve it", said Richard, wearing a blue soccer jersey at Chez Alexandre, a French bar on Peel St. But they didn't, and after France's fourth goal, I'm inclined to give the award to Kylian Mbappe.

Didier Deschamps, manager of newly-crowned world champions France, has said the 2018 Russia World Cup has been unlike anything he has ever witnessed after he became only the third man to win the tournament as a player and coach.

The only other teen to score in a World Cup final was Pele, who was 17 when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958. A PlayStation world cup, complete with group phases and subsequent knockout rounds, is among the activities to take the players' minds off the football while keeping the competitive juices flowing.

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