Friday, 17 August, 2018

Paul Pogba reveals rousing speech that drove France to World Cup win

Diplomats and players alike have celebrated. AFP Croatia's bid for World Cup final glory is against their conquerors in 1998
Cassandra Gardner | 16 July, 2018, 15:43

Didier Deschamps said France were "swimming in happiness" after his players interrupted his post-World Cup final press conference, dancing and showering their manager in drinks as they celebrated their 4-2 win over Croatia.

The Inter Milan winger was then unfortunate to concede a penalty - when a VAR review by the referee resulted in a spot kick being awarded for a handball, despite it not appearing to be deliberate.

"Croatia's footballers and their coach will return home as national heroes - a status they fully deserve after their contribution to this spectacular World Cup and their all-out approach to this final".

"The win is not about me, it's the players who won the game".

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. France accidentally took over and then luckily came to another goal.

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"Now we will party and tomorrow we will party with France and with all the French people", he said, again breaking into an enormous grin.

Perisic deservedly equalised and Griezmann's penalty was France's first shot on target.

Yet remarkably, for a player courted by the world's leading clubs who won the Golden Boot at Euro 2016 and was voted that tournament's best player, his only major team honour was a Europa League title won with Atlético Madrid this year. Deschamps' side did not touch the ball in the first 15 minutes and Croatia played great. That is all I told them'. They deserved to win.

"Croatia, however, showed unbreakable spirit and even threatened a comeback when Mandzukic took advantage of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hesitating over a clearance to pull a goal back".

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