As you might have seen, Antoine Griezmann celebrated his penalty during France’s 4-2 World Cup final win against Croatia with a typically annoying dance.
It had everything you could’ve asked for in a final. Everything that has been missing from World Cup finals since, funnily enough, the French last reached one in 2006. First half penalties, bad decision making, own goals, hand balls, outside-the-box pingers, abject misjudgements and best of all, six goals.
France drew first blood, taking the lead on the 22nd minute mark thanks to a generous header from Croatia’s Mario Mandžukić into his own net.
Croatia didn’t take it lying down though and managed to equalise just six minutes later with an Ivan Perišić banger.
And then, thanks to a sketchy decision by VAR, Les Bleus were gifted a late first-half penalty which Antoine Griezmann – a face you wanna slap and not just because he’s French – confidently dinked it in to the keeper’s right.
His celebration, was infuriating for reasons beyond him simply being French. That poncey, jumpy, L-sign dance was actually nabbed straight from Fortnite.
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OK, I might have 180’d on this one. The more I think about it, the more I rate it. Don’t get me wrong, if this t*sser had danced around in front of England (granted, in a parallel universe where they’re better than us) I would’ve flown to Russia and ended his career – an unhinged pitch invasion of the darkest variety.
But there is something so audacious about it that is attractive. It’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m a d*ckhead, what you gonna do about it mate?’
In the second half, the Croatians were unable to stop Paul Pogba from scoring in the 59th minute.
As the game went on, Marcelo Brozović managed to intercept a shot from Olivier Giroud, but Kylian Mbappé scored just a few minutes later, taking France three goals up.
Croatia proved they were far from done though and interrupted what could have easily become a victory lap for France, when Mario Mandžukić managed to pull one back, after some disastrous goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris.
Manager Didier Deschamps, who led France to their first World Cup victory as hosts in 1998, said of their win to BBC:
It’s a young team, who are on the top of the world. Some are champions at the age of 19.
We did not play a huge game but we showed mental quality. And we scored four goals anyway.
For 55 days, we have done a lot of work. We are proud to be French, to be Bleus.
The group worked so hard and we had some tough moments along the way. It hurt so much to lose the European Championship two years ago, but it made us learn too.
Both France and Croatia have had an interesting journey to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
The French side topped their group, despite a weird 0-0 draw with Denmark, and were the first team to reach the 2018 final after defeating Belgium in the semi-finals to reach their first final since 2006.
Croatia also topped their group and managed to come from behind in the semis to beat England in extra time, guaranteeing them a spot in their first ever World Cup final.
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