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Didier Deschamps creates history as France win World Cup after 20 years

first_imgFrance defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final to clinch the World Cup 2018 trophy at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.It was France’s second World Cup triumph and with the win coach Didier Deschamps also joined an elite club.Deschamps, who captained France to the elusive trophy in 1998, has now become only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.The former Juventus coach equalled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.WORLD CUP 2018 FINAL, FRANCE vs CROATIA: HIGHLIGHTSBrazil 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.By reaching the final of the 2018 edition, Deschamps had also become the first French coach to reach the final of two major tournaments – Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018.France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsIn a match that witnessed six goals, France took the lead when Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic inadvertently headed home an Antoine Griezmann free-kick in the 18th minute for the first own goal in a World Cup final.Croatia’s Ivan Perisic, who had also scored in the semi-final, levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later after France had failed to clear a Luka Modric free-kick.But Perisic was then responsible for conceding a penalty for handball that was give following a VAR decision and Griezmann coolly converted the spot-kick in the 38th to put the French back in front.advertisementIn the second half, France stretched their lead further when Paul Pogba swept a left-footer into the net. If Croatia had any hopes of a comeback, they were dashed with that stunnung strike. Pogba also became the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final.Six minutes later, France extended their advantage when Kylian Mbappe became the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final. His precise kick past Subasic meant there was very little for Croatia to do than see their chance slip away.Mandzukic, who must have been gutted after his own goal in the first half, then reduced the deficit for Croatia.last_img read more