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WHAT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD CUP:

THE FINAL: Jul 15: France 4 (Mandzukic og 18, Griezmann 38pen, Pogba 59, Mbappe 54), Croatia 2 (Perisic 28, Mandzukic 69) [Moscow Luzhniki]. THE GROUPS Group A: Points: Uruguay 9, Russia 6, S Arabia 3, Egypt 0.  Group B: Points: Spain 5, Portugal 5, Iran 4, Morocco ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Griezmann did not know why France were awarded ‘his’ penalty

KEIR RADNEDGE in MOSCOW: Antoine Griezmann revealed in the euphoric aftermath of Frane’s World Cup Final victory, that he was initially in the dark about the penalty award which proved a crucial turning point. The score was 1-1 with Croatia late in the first half ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Beaten Croatia coach Dalic proud of how he and his players lived the dream

KEIR RADNEDGE in MOSCOW: Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic acknowledged France as worthy winners of the 2018 World Cup Final but praised his own players for the campaign which brought them this far for the first time in their country’s 27-year history. Croatia lost 4-2 after ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Deschamps identifies win over Argentina as crucial step to World Cup glory

KEIR RADNEDGE in MOSCOW: Didier Deschamps identified France’s quarter-final victory over Argentina as the defining moment when his young players came of age in the World Cup they went on to win with a 4-2 final defeat here of Croatia. The French coach conceded that ...
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Happiness is . . . winning the World Cup!

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA: History double for France and for Deschamps as luck turns its back finally on Croatia

KEIR RADNEDGE in MOSCOW —- France are world champions for a second time after defeating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring 90 minutes of the final since 1958. Didier Deschamps made personal history as only the third man to triumph as both player and coach. However ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Golden third place for Belgium with fourth again for England

ST PETERSBURG: The end is in sight. Belgium finished third in the World Cup by defeating England 2-0 in the losers’ playoff, leaving England’s likely consolation as the top scorer prize for captain Harry Kane writes KEIR RADNEDGE Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored one ...
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7.7 million football fans visit FIFA Fan Fest™ during 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

  —— The FIFA Fan Fest™ took Russia by storm. Following the exhilarating final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ that saw France take the title, FIFA can confirm that the Russian edition of the FIFA Fan Fest™ welcomed 7.7 million visitors. This compares ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Kane wins golden shoe as six-goal leading marksman

MOSCOW: England’s captain and centre-forward Harry Kane won the golden shoe as leading marksman at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia with six goals. Leading scorers: 6: Harry Kane (England). 4: Denis Cheryshev (Russia), Antoine Griezmann (France), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Kylian Mbappe (France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal). ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Brazil unchallenged still as the record five times winners

MOSCOW: Brazil are the record world champions, having won the World Cup five times, followed by Italy and Germany four each, Argentina, France and Uruguay two each then England with one. The finals: 1930: Uruguay 4, Argentina 2 (Montevideo). 1934: Italy 2, Czechoslovakia 1 after ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Four red cards at finals in Russia the fewest in 36 years

MOSCOW: Only four red cards have been shown in the 2018 World Cup finals, the lowest total since 1982 . One direct red each was recorded by both Colombia (Carlos Sanchez) and Switzerland (Michael Lang) and one red each for double-yellows by Russia (Igor Smolnikov) ...
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2018 WORLD CUP: Laurent legacy led to records status for Fontaine and Klose

MOSCOW: More than 2,500 goals have been scored in the history of the finals tournaments at the World Cup, excluding penalties converted in shootouts. The first goal was scored by Lucien Laurent of France on July, 1930, in  4-1 win over Mexico in Montevideo. The ...
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