French players crash press conference to celebrate World Cup triumph

first_imgFrance became the sixth nation to become multiple-time World Champions on Sunday after defeating Croatia 4-2 in the final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to lift their second World Cup.Mario Mandzukic scored an own goal to give Russia the lead before Ivan Perisic scored to restore parity. However, he soon handled the ball in the penalty area and France got a penalty after a VAR review. Antoine Griezmann slotted home from the spot to give France a 2-1 lead at half time.France came out all guns blazing in the second half and within the first 20 minutes, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored two stunning goals to give France a 4-1 lead.Mandzukic did get one back, courtesy a blunder from Hugo Lloris but in the end, France had done enough.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEEspecially after the agonising loss of European Championships 2016, this young team needed the win in Russia and as expected the celebrations were going to last long.They could be seen dancing, smiling and talking on the pitch before and after the presentation ceremony and the celebrations transcended to their press conference as well.Also read – France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsAs videos across social media show, as soon as France coach Didier Deschamps sat for the press conference, players barged into the room and started celebrating their victory.#France players invade Didier Deschamp’s press conference Life (@FCSoccerlife) July 15, 2018Some stood on the table, some held Deschamps and some just danced but they were all visibly buoyed by their achievement and they showed.advertisementGriezmann, the Man-of-the-Match in the final stood near Deschamps singing and celebrating the victory that was close to the hearts of each of them. A moment they would never forget!Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersFrance lifted the World Cup trophy for the second time in 20 years after 90 minutes of riveting football, with the game witnessing six goals for the first time since 1958.France really got some juicy vibes RT @GFFN: Presnel Kimpembe keeps up appearances as the teams DJ as the dressing room celebrations ensue. gbigbona enieleni (@badmankayy) July 16, 2018Brazil had beaten hosts Sweden 5-2 on that occasion at the Rasunda Stadium, Solna.Also read – World Cup 2018: Putin gets his own umbrella as world leaders get drenched in rainPele had become the first teenager to score in a World Cup final in that match and on Sunday, Kylian Mbappe repeated the feat in France’s win.France manager Didier Deschamps became just the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach. Deschamps was captain of the France squad that won the World Cup on home soil in 1998.That moment in France #WorldCup winning dressing room Benjamin Mendy & Paul Pogba make French president Emmanuel Macron dab#FRA#WorldCupFinal #championdumonde #CoupeDuMonde2018 #francewins #dabbing #follo4follo #folloMe #FOLLOW #FRACROAlexCam (@followalexcam) July 15, 2018With France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the final in Moscow, he joins Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) in an elite trio that has won the title on the field and from the bench.Also read – France youngest team since Pele’s 1970 triumphant Brazil to win World CupAfter all the mayhem had subsided, Deschamps did complete the press conference.”My greatest source of pride is they had they right state of mind,” Deschamps, who had captained France to the 1998 title, told reporters.”Today there were imperfections, we did not do everything right but we had those mental and psychological qualities which were decisive for this World Cup.”Also read – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World Cup”Talent is not sufficient. You need the psychological and mental aspects. Any team is then able to climb mountains,” Deschamps said. “Sometimes I can be hard very hard with them but I do it for them and even though they are young they usually do listen.””The collective is always important but there are individual players who have made the difference,” he said, naming Mbappe and man-of-the-match Antoine Griezmann.Also read – Antoine Griezmann soaks in surreal atmosphere after France win World Cup”Those 23 players will now be linked forever whatever happens. They will go different paths but will forever be linked together and from today nothing will be the same professionally because they are world champions. “We will realise what has happened tomorrow,” he said after his players stormed the news conference twice to douse him with champagne. “At the moment they do not know what it is to be world champions.”advertisementAlso read – France win World Cup 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’The 49-year-old coach, who also led France to the Euro 2016 final only to lose in Paris to Portugal, said that defeat may have been key to winning the World Cup.”Maybe if we were Euro champions we would not have been world champions today. I learned a lot from that defeat,” he said.”The Euro final was different. We tried to stay relaxed this time and the players knew what they had to do and what was at stake.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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