France hero Griezmann 'can't wait' to take World Cup home

Rex Christensen
July 16, 2018

Two decades on from their maiden World Cup triumph, France won the tournament for the second time in their history with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the Moscow showpiece.

The Les Blues proved superior to their Croatian counterparts in the final game played at the Luzhniki stadium.

Mbappe and Pogba were the stars of the show for the Champions while Perisic and Mandzukic were the key performers for Croatia.

Twitter was flooded with reactions following France's victory.

Nevenka Kalabric, a Croatian-born 62-year-old who came to Canada in 1974, was still optimistic that her team was going to come back to win it.

However, the 51-year-old was able to steady the ship - a 4-1 aggregate win over Greece in the playoffs sent them to Russian Federation.

Croatia's fans react in Zagreb's central square after losing the 2018 World Cup football final to France.

The 2022 World Cup might also feature a change to the number teams allowed to play.

Antoine Griezmann holding the trophy on the pitch.

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"Frankly I have not yet realised what we have done", he grinned after being named man-of-the-match.

It is also putting the country on the world stage.

"To beat an Argentina team with Lionel Messi, a Uruguay side with Luis Suarez, with Diego Godin that also does the frightful stuff, to beat a Belgium side with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku. they've come through everything".

The Irishman said he was a guest of the Russian president, and later shared an image of the meeting on his Instagram.

Captain Hugo Lloris did not have his best game in a French shirt and his howler led to Mario Mandzukic grabbing Croatia's second as he was handed a five by the newspaper.

For now, though, he wanted to look forward.

"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.

"It is France we love".

"In our team there are many players who come from different horizons, but we have the same state of mind".

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