Antoine Griezmann soaks in surreal atmosphere after France win World Cup

first_imgAntoine Griezmann described France’s FIFA World Cup 2018 triumph as a “great” victory. France beat Croatia 4-2 in a high-voltage World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday to lift their second world title.Griezmann, who scored one of his team’s goals when he converted a penalty in the first half, said it was a difficult match but France made the “difference on counter-attacks”.”I don’t know where I am, it is great… Very happy. It was a difficult match. Croatia play a great game. We started timidly. We knew it was a World Cup Final. We got into the game and on counter-attacks, we made the difference. Very happy. We look forward to lifting the Cup and taking it to France,” an elated Griezmann said after the match.France took the lead in the 18th minute when Croatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic, rose to meet Griezmann’s free kick with the top of his head. He inadvertently sent it past his own goalkeeper.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersPerisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia, first to equalize in the 28th minute and later as a consolation goal in the 69th, embarrassing Hugo Lloris with a flicked shot as the France goalkeeper tried to dribble the ball out of his goalmouth.Also read – France win World Cup 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’France coach Didier Deschamps became only the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach. Mario Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer of Germany are the others.advertisementFrance had first won the World Cup in 1998 and interestingly Deschamps was the captain of the side that beat Brazil 3-0 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis in the final.France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupBrazil legend Zagallo was the first person to achieve the feat after lifting the World Cup twice in 1958 and 1962 while he won as a manager in 1970. He also won the 1994 edition as assistant manager.Germany great Beckenbauer followed next as he clinched the World Cup as captain in 1974 and as coach in 1990.”It is really beautiful. It is marvellous. We did not play a great match but we showed a strong mental quality,” Deschamps said after the match.”We also scored four goals. We merit it. I am very happy for this team. We are coming from very far and it has not always been easy, but thanks to hard work, they are here and are on top of the world for the next four years,” he added.Deschamps creates history as France win World Cup after 20 yearsFrance President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to celebrate the historic win.In a tweet, the president said one word: “Merci”[email protected] : MERCIEmmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 15, 2018It was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 60 years ago. The landmarks came thick and fast in the first half too.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more