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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’s the number three Champion Moment on the Clear Arabia World Cup countdown
3. After an understated impact in Croatia’s first five games in Russia, Ivan Perisic belatedly arrived with an excellent, improvised equalising goal against England in the semi-final, one which significantly shifted the momentum in his side’s favour. Croatia went on to beat England 2-1 in extra-time to secure their first-ever appearance in a World Cup final.
Perisic had been having a low-key World Cup – subbed on the hour against Russia – but his Zlatan-esque high-boot finish, beating Kyle Walker to the punch, put Croatia back on track.
He then caught John Stones napping by sending the ball sailing over English heads and laying it on for Mandzukic to smash past Jordan Pickford in the second-half of extra time.
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The playmaker was instrumental for Belgium in their run to the semi-finals of the World Cup where they finished third in Russia.
He suggested his six-year stay at Stamford Bridge could be over but Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas hopes the 27-year-old will remain at the club.
Watch what the Spaniard said below:
Indian Super League outfit FC Goa have confirmed the signing of Serigne Mourtada Fall ahead of the new season.
The centre-back is an experienced customer who has enjoyed three stints at Moghreb Tetouan. The 30-year-old has also plied his trade in the Middle East with Kuwaiti sides Al-Arabi SC and Al-Samiya SC.
He also won the the Moroccan League twice and has earned three caps with the Senegal national team.