Clear Arabia’s World Cup Champion Moments countdown 41-33

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Hat-trick: No stopping Harry Kane

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France capped off a month of football fever as they defeated Croatia 4-2 to be crowned World Cup winners for the second time in the country’s history. The four weeks in Russia produced one of the best tournaments the game’s ever seen, with the introduction of VAR, a record number of penalties and huge upsets including Germany finishing bottom of group F. Didier Deschamps became only the third person ever to lift the World Cup as both a player and manager (joining Mario Zagallo, Franz Beckenbauer) as his France side brushed aside Croatia in a thrilling finale.

Here, we look back at the 64 Champion Performances from every game of the 2018 World Cup.

41. Philippe Coutinho opens the scoring in injury time to break Costa Rican hearts.

40. Ahmed Musa notches a double as Nigeria get three points against Iceland.

39. Xherdan Shaqiri scores a dramatic winner in stoppage time as Switzerland defeats Serbia 2 – 1.

38. Romelu Lukaku stars as Belgium put five past plucky Tunisia. The big frontman scores twice.

37. Javier Hernandez finds the net to see Mexico into the latter stages of the competition.

36. Marco Reus scores as ten-men Germany defeat Sweden in dramatic style. 2-1.

35. Harry Kane bags a hat-trick as England thump Panama 6-1.

34. Takashi Inui puts in a team performance and gets on the score sheet as Japan sneak a point against Senegal 2-2.

33. James Rodriguez is the star man as Colombia sees off Poland 3-0.

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Australia star Tim Cahill announces retirement from international football

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Tim Cahill is hanging up his boots for Australia.

Australia forward Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from international football.

The 38-year-old, the Socceroos’ all-time leading scorer with 50 goals, played his 107th and final game for his country against Peru at this summer’s World Cup.

That left Cahill two short of former goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer’s record of most appearances for Australia.

The ex-Millwall and Everton player tweeted: “Today’s the day that I’m officially hanging up my boots on my international career with the Socceroos.

“No words can describe what it has meant to represent my country. Massive thank you to everyone for the support throughout all my years wearing the Australian badge.”

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Clear Arabia’s World Cup Champion Moments countdown 32-21

David Cooper 17/07/2018
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On form: Lionel Messi scores a wonder goal

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France capped off a month of football fever as they defeated Croatia 4-2 to be crowned World Cup winners for the second time in the country’s history. The four weeks in Russia produced one of the best tournaments the game’s ever seen, with the introduction of VAR, a record number of penalties and huge upsets including Germany finishing bottom of group F. Didier Deschamps became only the third person ever to lift the World Cup as both a player and manager (joining Mario Zagallo, Franz Beckenbauer) as his France side brushed aside Croatia in a thrilling finale.

Here, we look back at the 64 Champion Moments (33-22) from every game of the 2018 World Cup.

32. Salem Al-Dawsari scores in the 95th minute to give Saudi Arabia a famous win over Egypt 2 – 1.

31. Edinson Cavani helps Uruguay romp to a 3-0 victory over Russia and gets on the score sheet himself.

30. Isco is the key man for Spain as they can only rescue a point against Morocco 1-1.

29. Ricardo Quaresma bangs in a great goal for Portugal against Iran.

28. Simon Kjaer puts in a solid performance to keep out Kylian Mbappé and France. 0-0.

27. Paolo Guerrero a captain’s performance helps Peru get the three points against Australia.

26. Ivan Perisic pops up in the last minute to give Croatia the win against Iceland. 2-1.

25. Lionel Messi produces a wonder goal with a sublime first touch before firing home

24. Andreas Granqvist stars as Sweden bang three past Mexico without reply

23. Joel Campbell helps his side Costa Rican side snatch a dramatic point as they draw 2-2 with Switzerland

22. Philippe Coutinho emerges as one of the stars of the tournament as Brazil defeat Serbia 0-2.

21. Hyun-Woo Cho performs heroics as South Korea knock Germany out of the World Cup 2-0.

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