Decisive Paul Pogba helps France win 2018 World Cup

And thus ends one of the most thrilling World Cups in recent memory. France leaves Russia as the world champions for a second time. Croatia, who troubled the French throughout Sunday’s game, can hold their heads high after a historic run. Here are three winners and three losers from the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. WINNERS Paul Pogba With France leading 2-1, and Croatia mounting pressure to start the second half, France’s midfield was overwhelmed. N’Golo Kante was on a booking and was clearly hampered by the yellow card. Just when it appeared that Croatia was set to equalize for a second time, up stepped Paul Pogba. The Manchester United… Read More

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World Cup Daily: France rules the soccer world again

After each matchday of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Sportsnet.ca’s World Cup Daily blog will recap the day’s events, and look ahead to the next day’s slate of games. Here’s what happened on Sunday, in case you missed it… THE RESULT France 4, Croatia 2 in Moscow: Match report || match stats MAIN TALKING POINT France back on top after two decades It took 20 years – and a loss in a final featuring an infamous head butt – but France is back on top of the hill as World Cup champions. Sunday’s 4-2 win over Croatia in Moscow gave Les Bleus its second title, matching Uruguay and Argentina as… Read More

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Brutal chart shows how much more efficient France was than Croatia in the World Cup Final

France’s offensive attack was far more efficient than Croatia in the World Cup Final, and it proved to be part of the difference in the win. Croatia took twice as many shots as France but had fewer that were on-target. Circumstance and officiating also had a big impact on the goal difference. France beat Croatia, 4-2, in the World Cup Final on Sunday to once again bring the trophy home. The thrilling, high-scoring match saw France stay a step ahead of Croatia, scoring the first goal off a free kick, followed by one on a penalty kick, and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe to keep Croatia at bay.… Read More

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Trump congratulates Putin on hosting the World Cup: ‘one of the best ever!’

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday to congratulate the winners of the 2018 World Cup. On that list, he included Russian President Vladimir Putin for hosting “one of the best ever!” tournaments in Moscow. Trump’s tweet comes a day before he’s set to meet one-on-one with Putin in Helsinki, and two days after the special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential campaign. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday to congratulate the winning team, President Vladimir Putin, and Russia after the World Cup final, which he called “one of the best ever!” Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning the… Read More

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Twitter Reaction: France wins second World Cup in 20 years

For the second time in 20 years, France is reigning atop the the soccer world. Defeating Croatia 4-2 on Sunday to win the 2018 World Cup, this was a young, talented French squad that played with pace and excitement and had many all over Twitter in its corner as the game progressed. Here are some of the highlights from how the social media platform celebrated France’s victory: #FRA France have won the 2018 FIFA #WorldCup in Moscow! #FRACRO // #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/fZhmJmxjVh — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 15, 2018 CHAMPIONS DU MONNNNNNNNNNNDE #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/ouMN5PkMJl — Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 15, 2018 French president Emmanuel Macron celebrating at the Luzhniki… Read More

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Chris Christie defends DNC chair Donna Brazile in fiery panel on the new Russian hacking indictments

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile’s criticism of the media’s handling of the 2016 hacking of the DNC. Brazile’s emails were leaked to the press during her time at the DNC in 2016, which Christie said unfairly “banged” the committee and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The two were appearing on a panel with reporters from The New York Times and NPR on Sunday about the special counsel’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stepped up to defend a rather unlikely person on Sunday — former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile. But they had a… Read More

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Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

GLASGOW, Scotland — President Donald Trump is setting expectations low for his high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, assuring that “nothing bad … and maybe some good will come out” of Monday’s meeting in Finland. His national security adviser said they aren’t looking for “concrete deliverables.” Trump also tells CBS News in an interview conducted Saturday that he “hadn’t thought” about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But after being given the idea by his interviewer, Trump said “certainly I’ll be asking about it.”… Read More

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France win the World Cup final after beating Croatia 4-2

Description France skipper Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy after the win against Croatia Credits Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Alt Text 2018 FIFA World Cup Final France 4 Croatia 2 Hugo Lloris Didier Deschamps has now lifted the World Cup as a player and a coach One-Minute Read Sunday, July 15, 2018 – 7:41pm France 4 Croatia 2 French head coach Didier Deschamps has become the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach after his side beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow. See related 2018 World Cup guide: all the results and reports Les Bleus took the lead after 18 minutes at… Read More

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