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  France win second FIFA World Cup title
BHUBANESWAR,15 Jul 2018 (Team Orisports)
 

France won the FIFA World Cup title for the second time when they beat Croatia 4-2 in the final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow today. Belgium finished third, defeating England 2-0 yesterday. The 64 matches of this World Cup produced a total of 169 goals.

Luka Mordic (Croatia) bagged the Golden Ball as the Best Player of the Tournament. The awards for Best Young Player and Best Goalkeeper was claimed by Kylian Mbappe (France) and Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) respectively. The Fair Play Award went to Spain. Harry Kane (England) emerged top scorer with six goals.

Russia hosted the 21st FIFA World Cup at 12 venues located in 11 cities from June 14, 2018. A total of 32 teams, including defending champions Germany vied for the coveted trophy. Following are the results and highlights of the greatest football show on earth.

GROUPINGS: Group-A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay. Group-B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran. Group-C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark. Group-D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria. Group-E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia. Group-F: Germany, Mexica, Sweden, South Korea. Group-G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England. Group-H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan.

 

RESULTS:

LEAGUE STATE:
June 14
(Match 1, Mosco): Russia (Yuri Gazinsky 12, Denis Cheryshev 43, 90+1; Artem Dzyuba 71, Aleksandr Golovin 90+4) beat Saudi Arabia 5-0.
June 15
(Match 2, Ekaterinburg): Uruguay (Jose Gimenez 89) beat Egypt at 1-0.
June 15
(Match 3, St Petersburg): Iran (Aziz Bouhaddouz 90+5 OG) beat Morocco 1-0.
June 15
(Match 4, Sochi): Portugal (Christiano Ronaldo 4, 44, 88) drew with Spain (Diego Costa 24, 55; Nacho 58) 3-3.
June 16
(Match 5, Kazan): France (Antoine Griezmann 58, Aziz Behich 80) beat Australia (Mile Jedinak 62) 2-1.
June 16
(Match 6, Moscow): Argentina (Sergio Aguero 19) drew with Iceland (Alfred Finnbogason 23) 1-1.
June 16
(Match 7, Saransk): Denmark (Yussuf Poulsen 59) beat Peru 1-0.
June 17
(Match 8, Kaliningrad): Croatia (Oghenekaro Etebo 32, Luka Modric 71) beat Nigeria 2-0.
June 17
(Match 9, Samara): Serbia (Aleksandar Kolarov 56) beat Costa Rica 1-0.
June 17
(Match 10, Moscow): Mexico (Hirving Lozano 35) beat Germany 1-0.
June 17
(Match 11, Rostov-on-Don): Brazil (Philippe Coutinho 20) drew with Switzerland (Steven Zuber 50) 1-1.
June 18
(Match 12, Nizhny Novgorod): Sweden (Andreas Granqvist 65) beat Korea Republic 1-0.
June 18
(Match 13, Sochi): Belgium (Dries Mertens 47, Romelu Lukaku 69, Romelu Lukaku 75) beat Panama 3-0.
June 18
(Match 14, Volgograd): England (Harry Kane 11, 90+1) beat Tunisia (Ferjani Sassi 35) 2-1.
June 19
(Match 15, Saransk): Japan (Shinji Kagawa 6, Yuya Osako 73) beat Colombia (Juan Quintero 39) 2-1.
June 19
(Match 16, Moscow): Senegal (Thiago Cionek 37, M`Baye Niang 60) beat Poland (Grzegorz Krychowiak 86) 2-1.
June 19
(Match 17, St Petersburg): Russia (Ahmed Fathy 47, Denis Cheryshev 59, Artem Dzyuba 62) beat Egypt (Mohamed Salah 73) 3-1.
June 20
(Match 18, Moscow): Portugal (Christiano Ronaldo 4) beat Morocco 1-0.
June 20
(Match 19, Rostov-on-Don): Uruguay (Luis Suarez 23) beat Saudi Arabia 1-0.
June 20
(Match 20, Kazan): Spain (Diego Costa 54) beat Iran 1-0.
June 21
(Match 21, Samara): Denmark (Christian Eriksen 7) drew with Australia (Mile Jedinak 38) 1-1.
June 21
(Match 22, Ekaterinburg): France (Kylian Mbappe 34) beat Peru 1-0.
June 21
(Match 23, Nizhny Novgorod): Croatia (Ante Rebic 53, Luka Modric 80, Ivan Rakitic 90+1) beat Argentina 3-0.
June 22
(Match 24, St Petersburg): Brazil (Philippe Coutinho 90+1, Neymar 90+7) beat Costa Rica 2-0.
June 22
(Match 25, Volgograd): Nigeria (Ahmed Musa 49, 75) beat Iceland 2-0.
June 22
(Match 26, Kaliningrad): Switzerland (Granit Xhaka 52, Xherdan Shaqiri 90) beat Serbia (Aleksandar Mitrovic 5) 2-1.
June 23
(Match 27, Moscow): Belgium (Eden Hazard 6, 51; Romelu Lukaku 16, 45+3; Michy Batshuayi 90) beat Tunisia (Dylan Bronn 18, Wahbi Khazri 90+3) 5-2.
June 23
(Match 28, Rostov-on-Don): Mexico (Carlos Vela 26, Javier Hernandez 66) beat Korea Republic (Son Heung-Min 90+3) 2-1.
June 23
(Match 29, Sochi): Germany (Marco Reus 48, Toni Kroos 90+5) beat Sweden (Ola Toivonen 32) 2-1.
June 24
(Match 30, Nizhny Novgorod): England (John Stones 8, 40; Harry Kane 22, 54+1, 62; Jesse Lingard 36) beat Panama (Felipe Baloy 78) 6-1.
June 24
(Match 31, Ekaterinburg): Japan (Takashi Inui 34, Keisuke Honda 78) drew with Senegal (Sadio Mane 11, Moussa Wague 71) 2-2.
June 24
(Match 32, Kazan): Colombia (Yerry Mina 40, Radamel Falcao 70, Juan Cuadrado 75) beat Poland 3-0.
June 25
(Match 33, Samara): Uruguay (Luis Suarez 10, Denis Cheryshev 23-OG, Edinson Cavani 90) beat Russia 3-0.
June 25
(Match 34, Volgograd): Saudi Arabia (Salman Al-Faraj 45+6, Salman Al-Dawsari 90+5) beat Egypt (Mohamed Salah 22) 2-1.
June 25
(Match 35, Kaliningrad): Portugal (Ricardo Quaresma 45) drew with Iran (Karim Ansarifard 90+3-P) 1-1.
June 25
(Match 36, Saransk): Spain (Isco 19, Iago Aspas 90+1) drew with Morocco (Khalid Boutaib 14, Youssef En-Nesyri 81) 2-2.
June 26 (Match 37, Sochi): Denmark drew with France 0-0.
June 26
(Match 38, Moscow): Peru (Andre Carrillo 18, Paolo Guerrero 50) beat Australia 2-0.
June 26
(Match 39, St Petersburg): Argentina (Lionel Messi 14, Marcos Rojo 86) beat Nigeria (Victor Moses 51-P) 2-1.
June 26
(Match 40, Rostov-on-Don): Croatia (Milan Badelj 53, Ivan Perisic 90) beat Iceland (Gylfi Sigurosson 76-P) 2-1.
June 27
(Match 41, Kazan): Sweden (Ludwig Augustinsson 50, Andreas Granqvist 62-P, Edson Alvarez 74-OG) beat Mexico 3-0.
June 27
(Match 42, Ekaterinburg): South Korea (Kim Young-gwon 90+2, Son Heung-min 90+6) beat Germany 2-0.
June 27
(Match 43, Moscow): Brazil (Paulinho 36, Thiago Silva 68) beat Serbia 2-0.
June 27
(Match 44, Nizhny Novgorod): Switzerland (Blerim Dzemaili 31, Josip Drmic 88) drew with Costa Rica (Kendall Watson 56, Yann Sommer 90+3-OG) 2-2.
June 28 (Match 45, Volgograd): Poland (Jan Bednarek 59) beat Japan 1-0.
June 28
(Match 46, Samara): Colombia (Yerri Mina 74) beat Senegal 1-0.
June 28
(Match 47, Saransk): Tunisia (Fakhereedine Ben Youssef 51, Wahbi Khazri 66) beat Panama (Yassine Meriah 33-OG) 2-1
June 28
(Match 48, Kaliningrad): Belgium (Adnan Januzaj 51) beat England 1-0.

ROUND OF 16:
June 30
(Match 49, Kazan): France (Antoine Griezmann 13-P, Benjamin Pavard 57, Kylian Mbappe 64, 68) beat Argentina (Angel Di Maria 41, Gabriel Mercado 48, Servio Aguero 90+3) 4-3.
June 30
(Match 50, Sochi): Uruguay (Edinson Cavani 7, 62) beat Portugal (Pepe 55) 2-1.
July 1
(Match 51, Moscow): Russia (Artem Dzyuba 41-P) beat Spain (Sergei Ignashevich 12-OG) 5-4 via Penalties (Full time 1-1).
July 1 (Match 52, Nizhny Novgorod): Croatia (Mario Mandzukic 4) beat Denmark (Mathias Jorgensen 1) 4-3 via penalties (Full time 1-1).
July 2 (Match 53, Samara): Brazil (Neymar 51, Roberto Firmino 88) beat Mexico 2-0.
July 2
(Match 54, Rostov-on-Don): Belgium (Jan Vertonghen 69, Marouane Fellaini 94, Nacer Chadli 90+4) beat Japan (Ganki Haraguchi 48, Takashi Inui 52) 3-2.
July 3
(Match 55, St Petersburg): Sweden (Emil Forsberg 66) beat Switzerland 1-0.
July 3
(Match 56, Moscow): England (Harry Kane 57-P) beat Columbia (Yerry Mina 90+3) 5-4, via penalty shoot out (Regulation time 1-1).

QUARTERFINALS:
July 6 (Match 57, Nizhny Novgorod): France (Raphael Varane 40, Antoine Griezmann61) beat Uruguay 2-0.
July 6
(Match 58, Kazan): Belgium (Fernandinho 13-OG, Devin De Bruyne 31) beat Brazil (Renato Augusto 76) 2-1.
July 7 (Match 59, Samara): England (Harry Maguire 30, Dele Alli 58) beat Sweden 2-0.
July 7
(Match 60, Sochi): Croatia (Andrej Kramaric 39, Domagoj Vida 100) beat Russia (Denis Cheryshev 31, Mario Figueira Fernandes 115) 4-3 in penalty shoot out (Full time 2-2 draw).

SEMIFINALS:
July 10
(Match 61, St Petersburg): France (Samuel Umtiti 51) beat Belgium 1-0.
July 11 (Match 62, Moscow): Coratia (Ivan Perisic 67, Mario Mendzukic 108) beat England (Kieran Trippier 4) 2-1.

THIRD-PLACE:
July 14
(March 63, St Petersburg): Belgium (Thomas Meunier 4, Eden Hazard 82) beat England 2-0.

FINAL:
July 15
(Match 64, Moscow ): France (Mario Mandzukic 18-OG, Antoine Griezmann 38-P, Paul Pogba 59, Kylian Mbappe 65) beat Croatia (Ivan Perisic 28, Mario Mandzukic 69) 4-2.

HIGHLIGHTS:
*     Argentina, Portugal and Spain bowed out in pre-quarterfinals.
*     Defending champions Germany crashed out from the group league stage, finishing fourth and last in Group-F with three points from as many games. They lost to Mexico 0-1, beat Sweden 2-1 and lost to South Korea 0-2.
*     Portugal superstar Christiano Ronaldo squandered a penalty kick in their group league match against Iran on June 25, 2018.
*     Christiano Ronaldo registered the first hat-trick of this World Cup in their opening Group-B match against Spain.
*     Video Assistant Referees (VAR) and goal-line technology helped France beat Australia 2-1 in their opening Group-C match against Australia.
*     Argentina captain Lionel Messi missed a penalty in their opening Group-D match against Iceland.
*     Defending champions Germany were stunned 1-0 by Mexico in their opening Group-F match.
*     Five-time champions Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening Group-A match.
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TOP: Players of France celebrate after emerging champions in FIFA World Cup 2018.
RIGHT: Luka Mordic (Left) and Kylian Mbappe with the Best Player and Best Young Player of FIFA World Cup.

 
   

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