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Congratulations France and Juventus player Matuidi Blaise for winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Congratulations to France and Juventus midfielder Matuidi Blaise for winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It’s a great joy to see one of our Italian Serie A players lifting the Trophy. Way to go @MATUIDIBlaise.

FIFA World Cup Final: Result FRANCE 4 – 2 CROATIA, Sunday 15 July 2018

Congratulations to France Coach and ex-Juventus player Didier Deschamps winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Congratulations to France Head Coach and ex-Juventus player Didier Deschamps for winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup.   Deschamps won the World Cup as a player in 1998 and now as a Coach lifting the trophy in 2018.

FIFA World Cup Final: Result FRANCE 4 – 2 CROATIA, Sunday 15 July 2018

 

Congratulations to France forward Kylian Mbappé winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Young Player Award

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Congratulations to France forward Kylian Mbappé winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Young Player Award for his top performance. Mbappé, 19-year-old, played the World Cup Final scoring a goal for the Final result France 4 -2 Croatia. In the Group Stages, Mbappé scored the winning goal as France beat Peru 1-0, just his fifth ever international goal after being handed his France debut in 2017. Mbappé scored two goals to beat Argentina 4-3.

FIFA World Cup Final: Result FRANCE 4 – 2 CROATIA, Sunday 15 July 2018

Congratulations to Croatia Captain Luka Modric winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Award

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Congratulations to Croatia Captain Luka Modric winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball Award.   Modric voted the best player beating Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann, who finished second and third, respectively.  Croatia played the World Cup Final against France winner of the tournament. Well done Modric, Hala Madrid!

Congratulations to England Captain Harry Kane winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot

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Congratulations to England Captain Harry Kane winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot with 6 goals.  Kane scored two goals in England’s Group G opener against Tunisia, a hat-trick against Panama and scoring a penalty against Colombia in the last 16.

Congratulations to Belgium goalkeeper Courtois winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove Award

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Congratulations to Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove Award.  Courtois is the second Belgian to win this award after Michel Preud’homme won it 24 years ago at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.  The Golden Glove award was called the Yashin Award in honor of the legendary Soviet goalkeeper, Yev Lashin, until 2006.

Belgium played the semi-final losing to France.  Belgium winning the third place after defeating England.

FIFA World Cup Third Place: Result BELGIUM 2 – 0 ENGLAND, Saturday 14 July 2018

Congratulations to France winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Italian Soccer Serie A Blog  congratulates France for winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final after defeating Croatia on Sunday 15 July 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.  It’s a historical victory for France Head Coach and ex-Juventus player Didier Deschamps winning it before as a player and now as a Coach. France winning the World Cup for the second time, the first one in 1998.

Congratulations to our Italian Serie A player Juventus midfielder Matuidi Blaise playing for France.  Congrats also to our 6 Serie A players playing with Croatia for their top performance winning the 2nd place:  AC Milan defender Ivan Strinic, Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Inter forward Ivan Perisic, and AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic

FIFA World Cup Final: Result FRANCE 4 – 2 CROATIA, Sunday 15 July 2018

FIFA World Cup Final: Result FRANCE 4 – 2 CROATIA, Sunday 15 July 2018

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39% Ball Possession FRANCE and 61% Ball Possession CROATIA

  France  France 4 – 2 Croatia  

18′ Mario Mandzukic (own goal)              28′ Ivan Perisic
38′ Antoine Griezmann (pen)                    69′ Mario Mandzukic
59′ Paul Pogba
65′ Kylian Mbappé
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France winning the FIFA World Cup Final after defeating Croatia on Sunday 15 July 2018 with a 4-2 score at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.  It’s a historical victory for France Head Coach and ex-Juventus player Didier Deschamps winning it before as a player and now as a Coach. France have won now two World Cups, the first one in 1998.

What a luck!! France opening the score thanks to the own goal by Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic. The action was started by France forward Antoine Griezmann with a free-kick and deflected by Mandzukic.

Croatia equalizing for the 1-1 in the 28th minute. It is Inter forward Ivan Perisic to take care of business. Perisic defeating France goalkeeper with a left footed shot in the bottom right corner. The assist is by Domagoj Vida.

Referee Nestor Pitana giving a penalty to France. It is forward Antoine Griezmann to convert the penalty with a left footed shot in the bottom left corner. Croatia goalkeeper just went to the other side. France leading 2-1. The penalty was conceded by Ian Perisic after a handball inside the penalty area.

France increasing the score for a 3-1 lead. In the 59th minute, it is the ex-Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to smack a left footed shot!

Oh oh oh….. pouring goals in the finals with a French flavor. France scoring for the 4-1 with Kylian Mbappé delivering a right footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by Lucas Hernández.

Croatia shortening the distance in the 69th minute. It is forward Mario Mandzukic to score with a right footed shot in the bottom left corner. We might say the goal arrived after an error from goalkeeper Lloris and Mandzukic taking the chance to smack the goal…..

Here is FRANCE official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Didier Deschamps:

FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernández; Pogba, Kanté; Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappé; Giroud.

Here is CROATIA official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach: Dalić

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Subašić; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinić; Rakitić, Brozović; Rebić, Modrić, Perišić; Mandžukić.

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Italian Serie A Players among the 23-man called ups

France:  1 Italian Serie A player Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Croatia: 6 Italian Serie A players: AC Milan defender Ivan Strinic, Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Inter forward Ivan Perisic, and AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic

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Final

France 4 – 2 Croatia
Sunday 15 July 2018
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow, Russia

18:00 (Local time)

Referee: Nestor PITANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan P. BELATTI (ARG)
Fourth Official: Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Reserve Assistant: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED)
VAR:  Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR:   Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 2:  Carlos Astroza (CHI)
AVAR 3:  Danny Makkelie (NED)

Goals: 18′ Mario Mandzukic (own goal),  28′ Ivan Perisic, 38′ Antoine Griezmann (F)(Pen), 65′ Kylian Mbappé (F), 69′ Mario Mandzukic (C)

Official lineups – formations:

FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernández; Pogba, Kanté; Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappé; Giroud.

Subs.: Kimpembe, Lemar, Démbéle, Tolisso, Nzonzi, Mandanda, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola.

Coach: Didier Deschamps.

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Subašić; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinić; Rakitić, Brozović; Rebić, Modrić, Perišić; Mandžukić.

Subs: Livaković, Ćorluka, Kovačić, Kramarić, L. Kalinić, Jedvaj, Bradarić, Ćaleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Privarić.

Coach: Dalić.

FIFA World Cup Final: France vs Croatia, Official starting lineups, Sunday 15 July 2018

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FIFA announcing FRANCE vs CROATIA  official starting lineups – formations for the FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday 15 July 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia at 18:00 local time. It is Referee Nestor Pitana from Argentina to direct the game.

FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernández; Pogba, Kanté; Matuidi, Griezmann, Mbappé; Giroud.

Subs.: Kimpembe, Lemar, Démbéle, Tolisso, Nzonzi, Mandanda, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola.

Coach: Didier Deschamps.

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Subašić; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinić; Rakitić, Brozović; Rebić, Modrić, Perišić; Mandžukić.

Subs: Livaković, Ćorluka, Kovačić, Kramarić, L. Kalinić, Jedvaj, Bradarić, Ćaleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Privarić.

Coach: Dalić.

Referee Pitana will be assisted by  Assistant Referee 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG) and Assistant Referee 2: Juan P. BELATTI (ARG).  The Fourth Official will be Bjorn KUIPERS (NED).   The Reserve Assistant will be Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED).   The VAR will be  Massimiliano Irrati (ITA).  The AVAR will be  Mauro Vigliano (ARG).   The AVAR 2 will be  Carlos Astroza (CHI).   The AVAR 3 will be  Danny Makkelie (NED).

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Italian Serie A Players among the 23-man called ups

France:  1 Italian Serie A player Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Croatia: 6 Italian Serie A players: AC Milan defender Ivan Strinic, Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, Inter forward Ivan Perisic, and AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic

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Final

France – Croatia
Sunday 15 July 2018
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow, Russia

18:00 (Local time)

Referee: Nestor PITANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan P. BELATTI (ARG)
Fourth Official: Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
Reserve Assistant: Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED)
VAR:  Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR:   Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 2:  Carlos Astroza (CHI)
AVAR 3:  Danny Makkelie (NED)

FIFA World Cup Third Place: Result BELGIUM 2 – 0 ENGLAND, Saturday 14 July 2018

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    Belgium  1 – 0 England  

4′ Thomas Meunier
82′ Eden Hazard
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Belgium deservedly win the Bronze Medal after defeating England. Belgium conquering the  FIFA World Cup Third Place on Saturday 13 July 2018 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  Belgium have not  lost  a World Cup game after opening the  score since 1986. Congratulations to Belgium, especially to our Italian Serie A player Napoli forward Dries Mertens playing for Belgium.

It is Belgium to open the score in the 4th minute. What a fast goal. Thomas Meunier defeating England goalkeeper Pickford with a right footed shot in the center. The assist is by Nacer Chadli with a cross.

Second goal of the match in the 82nd minute. Eden Hazard with an inspired right footed shot goal securing the victory. The assist is by Kevin De Bruyne.

Here is BELGIUM official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Martínez:

BELGIUM (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, Chadli; E. Hazard, De Bruyne; Lukaku.

Here is ENGLAND official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Southgate:

ENGLAND (3-5-2): Pickford; Jones, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Delph, Rose; Sterling, Kane.

Click the video to watch the declaration of Eden Hazard selected as “Man of the Match”

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Italian Serie A Players among the 23-man called ups

England:  No Italian Serie A players

Belgium: 1 Italian Serie A player Napoli forward Dries Mertens

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Third Place

Belgium 2 – 0 England
Saturday 14 July 2018
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Saint Petersburg, Russia

17:00 (Local time)

Referee: Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza SOKHANDAN (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Moha. MANSOURI (IRN)
Fourth Official: Malang DIEDHIOU (SEN)
Reserve Assistant: Djibril CAMARA (SEN)
VAR:  Mark Geiger (USA)
AVAR:  Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR 2: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
AVAR 3:  Paolo Valeri (ITA)

GOALS: 4′ Thomas Meunier (B), 82′ Eden Hazard (B)

Official lineups – formations:

BELGIUM (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, Chadli; E. Hazard, De Bruyne; Lukaku.

Subs: Mignolet, Casteels, Boyata, Dendoncker, Fellaini, Dembélé, Vermaelen, Januzaj, T. Hazard, Mertens, Carrasco, Batshuayi.

Coach: Martínez.

ENGLAND (3-5-2): Pickford; Jones, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Loftus-Cheek, Dier, Delph, Rose; Sterling, Kane.

Subs: Butland, Pope, Alexander-Arnold, Cahill, Walker, Young, Alli, Henderson, Lingard, Rashford, Vardy, Welbeck.

Coach: Southgate.