Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Antoine Griezmann celebrates World Cup final goal with 'disgusting' Fortnite dance

Antoine Griezmann celebrates World Cup final goal with 'disgusting' Fortnite dance

We've said all along an "outsider", not one of the usual suspects, would win the 2018 World Cup.

France coach Didier Deschamps has made some changes to his team.

France had taken the lead in the 18th through Mario Mandzukic's own-goal - the first in a World Cup final and a record 12th in the tournament - off an Antoine Griezmann freekick, before Croatia's Ivan Perisic equalised with a fierce left-foot strike 10 minutes later.

Didier Deschamps' men will consider themselves fortunate that they haven't played as much as Croatia and also had one extra day of rest compared to Croatia. General Manager Erin Rideout says they've already sold out of tickets and she's expecting a good crowd.

Zlatko Dalic's charges, meanwhile, have been severely tested in the knockout rounds, needing extra-time or penalties in all their knockout matches en route to the final. "We're always laughing. There is always something to do". The French had only two days of rest between the Euro 2016 semi-finals and the final. We are now getting into the tactical and video analysis phase of preparation.

"We have prepared them as best we can".

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France are likely to field an unchanged starting XI, with Blaise Matuidi expected to be fit despite going off injured against Belgium. Croatia will become the sixth team to enter a final under these conditions, with two - England and France - having beaten a previous champion the first time they reached a final.

France and Croatia are prepared to run and fight their way to sporting immortality. The center back pairing of Verane & Umtiti has been rock solid, and again will be crucial if France are to go all the way again.

After his tireless running exhausted the Croatian defence, it was only fitting that Mbappe himself got on the scoresheet, hitting a sweetly-struck effort from the edge of the penalty area with which Danijel Subasic stood no chance.

Shortly before the hour mark, Deschamps elected to withdraw N'Golo Kante - who had struggled to contain Croatia's dynamic midfield trio and was on a yellow card - and brought on Steven N'Zonzi instead.

Les Bleus laboured through their group, beating Australia and Peru by the odd goal and drawing with Denmark in the only goalless game of the tournament. If you have even the most basic of satellite or cable TV packages, it most likely includes broadcast networks like Fox, CBS, and Telemundo.

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