The 21st edition of FIFA WORLD CUP delivered what it promised for. Considered to be the world carnival, FIFA World Cup 2018 was hosted by Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018.It was the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe, and the 11th time that it had been held in Europe. A total of 64 matches were played in 12 venues across 11 cities with an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup. It was also the first World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system. Apart from all the technological advancements, the sport did not lose its flavour, it still gives the adrenaline rush and connects billions of heart all across the globe.
A lot was expected from this edition of the world cup even before it began, thanks to the thrilling qualifiers. Gigantic teams like Italy and Netherlands did not make up to the top 32 which gave us an indication on what was coming our way. The defending champion, Germany’s exist for the group stage was a clear indicator that the underdogs were there to prove a point. The shock was followed by the elimination of Portugal and Argentina, the two teams of the football talismans Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The golden generation of footballer from France and Belgium were proving there point as why they were highly rated in club level. Likes of Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe were talking big stride towards becoming the next big thing in football. The semi-finalist were England, Croatia, Belgium and France.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final took place on 15 July 2018 to determine the winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The match was contested by France and Croatia, and held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.. Before 2018, France’s only World Cup victory was in 1998 – though they had also reached the final in 2006 – while Croatia were playing in their first World Cup final. Both teams had defeated former World Cup champions on their way to the final. France defeated 1930 and 1950 winners Uruguay, Croatia defeated 1966 winners England and both teams defeated 1978 and 1986 winners Argentina. Croatia became the third Eastern European nation to reach the World Cup final, and the first since Czechoslovakia lost the final in 1962 to Brazil.
France won the match 4–2, having taken a 2–1 lead during the first half on an own goal and penalty awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR), both firsts in a World Cup final. France also became the second team in the 32-team World Cup to win all their knockout matches without any extra time or penalty shoot-out after Brazil in 2002. As winners, France qualified for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. Although Croatian player Luka Modric received the Golden ball given for the best player of the tourney even though he wasn’t on the winning side.
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