Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 predicted the World Cup champions


"This is just the beginning".

Two years later, he was so close to win the EUROS at home like he did as a player in 2000 but they lost the final 1-0 to Portugal. In the 59th, a run from Mbappe started a play that ended up with Pogba on the edge of the penalty area.

With the score level at 1-1, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana changed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick, converted by Antoine Griezmann, for handball against Ivan Perisic after viewing television replays.

Brazil's Neymar was the most-mentioned player, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Philippe Coutinho and Mbappe also in the top five. He deflected it past his own goalkeeper.

Sunday's final was the 900th match in World Cup history ...

"We are ready based on the path we have set", said Hassan Al Thawadi, the secretary-general of the Qatar 2022 organising committee, in Moscow with a delegation of more than 100 officials shadowing the Russians. "What we've had in terms of luck over the tournament, we lacked that today". The coach told his players how the enemy uses the body and elbows to win. He joined Mario Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer, who captained West Germany.

Footage of Deschamps' half-time team talk has been released.

Stop me if you've heard this before, but Didier Deschamps' championship-winning squad was the second-youngest in Russian Federation, with an average age of just over 26 years old.

The victory has helped foster a sense of national unity, with commentators playing up the fact the squad, the second-youngest in the competition, includes many with central and north African heritage, even if all but two were born in France.

Wonder no more, and feast your eyes on this fantastic footage from the French changing room at half time in Sunday's world cup final against Croatia.

"But maybe if we had been European champions we would not be champions today", Deschamps said.

In some of the other posts, it is vivid that it is not on goal that the umbrellas have been kept away from French President Emmanuel Macron and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. The match also saw a pitch invasion from a protest apparently led by Russian all-female protest group Pussy Riot, and a controversial intervention from the video assistant referee that had a huge influence on the outcome, BBC News reports.