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[Next Day Discussion] Post-Match Thread: France 4-2 Croatia [2018 World Cup - Final]

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." - Bill Shankly

France 4 - 2 Croatia

Final

Stadium: Lenin Stadium (Moscow, 78,011 Capacity)
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)

Lineups

--------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------- Lloris------------------------------------------
------- Pavard----------- Varane---------------- Umtiti----------- Hernández-----
------------------------------ Kanté----------- Pogba---------------------
------------ Mbappé---------------Griezmann--------------- Matuidi----------
---------------------------------------- Giroud-----------------------------------------

------------------------ vs. ----------------------

--------------------------------------- Mandžukić----------------------------------------
------------ Perišić--------------- Modrić------------------ Rebić---------
---------------------------- Brozović--------------- Rakitić--------------------------- ---- Strinić--------------- Vida----------- Lovren--------------- Vrsaljko----
--------------------------------------- Subašić----------------------------------

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France (4-2-3-1) Croatia (4-2-3-1)
Hugo Lloris (C) Danijel Subašić
Benjamin Pavard Šime Vrsaljko
Raphaël Varane Ivan Strinić 81'
Samuel Umtiti Dejan Lovren
Lucas Hernández Domagoj Vida
Paul Pogba Ivan Rakitić
N'Golo Kanté 55' Marcelo Brozović
Kylian Mbappé Ivan Perišić
Antoine Griezmann Luka Modrić (C)
Blaise Matuidi 73' Ante Rebić 71'
Olivier Giroud 81' Mario Mandžukić
Substitutes Substitutes
Steven N'Zonzi 55' Andrej Kramarić 71'
Corentin Tolisso 73' Marko Pjaca 81'
Nabil Fekir 81'
Manager Manager
Didier Deschamps Zlatko Dalić
  • not-used Subs: Djibril Sidibé, Steve Mandanda, Adil Rami, Alphonse Areola, Florian Thauvin, Benjamin Mendy, Thomas Lemar, Presnel Kimpembe, Ousmane Dembélé.
  • not-used Subs: Lovre Kalinic, Mateo Kovacic, Tin Jedvaj, Dominik Livakovic, Marko Pjaca, Filip Bradaric, Duje Caleta-Car.
MATCH REPORT
GOALS:
STADISTICS:
France Croatia
Shots (on target) 8 (6)15 (3)
Ball Possession 39%61%
Passes 269548
Pass Accuracy 74%83%
Distance Covered 99 kms100 kms
Fouls 1413
Corners 26
Offsides 11
FULL MATCH REPORTS:
  • FIFA: "Tonight, the Croatian team played better football, but France were more efficient, perhaps even more intelligent. Les Bleus’ strength is exactly this: no matter who they faced, they found the solution to beat their adversaries, one by one. Without being brilliant today, they scored four goals, which gives an idea about France's level, and their coach’s one. Today, with his smart tactical set-up, Didier Deschamps won the duel with Dalic."
  • The Guardian: "When the decisive blows arrived the entire squad piled on top of one another in the victory scrum. Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper, had run the entire length of the pitch to join in the celebrations. All the substitutes were throwing themselves into this heap of arms and legs. There were even members of the backroom staff contemplating joining in, and who could blame them? France were on their way to winning the World Cup and a party was under way behind the goal where the tricolours were fluttering. Those were the moments when everybody knew that no side – not even one with Croatia’s resilience and powers of durability – would find a way back. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé had scored in quick succession and the next edition of the France national shirt will have two stars, rather than one, above the cockerel."
  • BBC: "France are the team for all seasons - possessing an all-round quality that has carried them to this World Cup triumph. When that is added to an element of good fortune, it can prove a deadly combination. Croatia will complain bitterly that Griezmann went down theatrically for the free-kick that led to Mandzukic's own goal, and they will also feel Perisic's handball was not clear-cut enough for VAR to make that decisive intervention just before half-time. What is not in doubt, however, is the sheer quality this France side possesses, a potent attack the spearhead for a strong midfield and outstanding defence. When Croatia threatened to come back once more early in the second half, Pogba and Mbappe's strikes from the edge of the area past the static Danijel Subasic - who still looked less than fully fit after injuring a hamstring in the quarter-final against Russia - proved the defining passage of this final. France celebrated joyously at the final whistle after claiming the sport's greatest trophy once more, with Deschamps - the coach whose conservative methods have often brought criticism - tossed high into the air by his players."
  • Kicker: "It's their second title after 1998 and it's probably not too risky to bet that it won't take another 20 years to win a third title. From today's perspective, it seems absurd that this nation had to wait 65 years for its first World Cup Final. It was France one of four European countries to make the long journey to Uruguay in the first round of the 1930 tournament, when they played their first game ever against Mexico and won (4-1). This nation has always loved football and yet the French had to wait until the end of the last century before the Big Bang happened. There is no other way to describe the triumph of Zidane and Co. in 1998. What has happened in French football since the end of the 1990s is phenomenal. No nation has been more successful since then: World Cup title in 1998, Euros victory in 2000, World Cup final in 2006, Euros final in 2016 and now the repeat of the global triumph.
  • MARCA: "The 4-1 of Mbappé after a great run of Lucas Hernández killed Croatia. France was close to perfection: six shots and four goals. Croatia grew again on the strength of Mandzukic, who made a goal out of nothing thanks to his unwavering faith while pressing Lloris desperately. Vrsaljko kept pushing on the right, but there was no time or space. The French 'towers', commanded by Varane and Umtiti, denied them any chance. France has not needed a colorful game to be the deserved world champions. What's more, it has won the World Cup without suffering too much. Deschamps has managed to make a solid block that stands out for its defensive security, mastery of strategy and physical exuberance."
  • La Gazzeta dello Sport: "The boys have taken over the World. Twenty years later, like the Three Musketeers. Conquered Moscow: better than Napoleon. World champions, like Zidane. It's no longer alone, Zizou, in the French football Olympus: make room for Griezmann, Pogba and Mbappé. The second cup brings it to them, and it may just be the beginning. Croatia didn't want to know any limits: it reached its own, at the Luzhniki, in a race full of goals and errors. Deschamps at the fourth goal breaks the protocol and rejoices: it's him, the common point between the two editions of the champion Bleus. He made a team in his own image and likeness: intelligent, attentive to defense, ready to unleash the talent of others. Then it was that of Zinedine, today of Kylian, Antoine and Paul. France is also stronger than the duck of Lloris, Croatia cannot exceed the not-party of Subasic, hero in the tournament, not very convincing in the final act. Modric's Ballon d'Or will probably never arrive, like those of Iniesta and Pirlo (although there is that of the tournament, a small consolation)."
  • L'Equipe: "Rarely so much happiness passes in just three words. Champions du monde. These words tell a long French story, the quest for a life and the conquest of Russia by children, the magic of collective happiness and eternal paths of honour. These words are a link, twenty years apart, between 1998 and 2018, two dates that allow France to sit at the table of the great nations in the history of football. These are two collective adventures more than game adventures, two epics that have the same signature, the gift of self and the sense of the other. If the first time will always be the most beautiful, the second time will always be the most stunning, because half of this team that put the world at their feet on Sunday in Moscow, beating Croatia (4-2), knew nothing about this universe five weeks ago."
POST-MATCH INTERVIEWS & QUOTES
Deschamps:
  • "I had a very young group, 14 of them were on a discovery journey in the World Cup. But the quality was there. My greatest source of pride with this group is that they managed to have the right state of mind for such a tournament. I repeat all the time: never give up, never give up anything.”
  • "There are imperfections and today we didn't do everything right but we do have those mental and psychological qualities that were decisive for this World Cup. In the first half of this final we didn't have much but we were leading 2-1"
  • "So, of course the question to be asked is always: are France a beautiful champion? Well, we are world champions and France are going to be on top of the world for next four years. That's what needs to be remembered."
Dalic:
  • "I congratulate France on their title. We played well in the first 20 minutes, we controlled the game. Then there was an own goal from a set play. We came back to life, dominated and then the penalty was given"
  • I have to congratulate my players, it was maybe the best game we played in these championships; we controlled the match but we conceded. Against such a strong side as France you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we have to be proud as well for what we've done."
Antoine Griezmann:
  • “I don't realise yet what it is. I'm very proud of this team: the players and the staff, the technical staff and medical staff. We were really a united group. We did something incredible, we made history and we are going to enjoy it. We're going to see our families and we're going to party. Tomorrow in France will be the same, we're going to party with the French people.”
  • "We can't wait to bring the cup back to France. To score in the final makes me so happy. I hesitated to do a Panenka [with the penalty]. I hope to sleep with the cup."
  • "That’s the France we love. Different origins but we are all united. In our team there are many players who come from different horizons, but we have the same state of mind. When we play for our jersey and our country we give everything we have. As soon as you wear the jersey we play together."
Kylian Mboopi:
  • “Pele has marked history and I'm just here trying to forge my own path. I'm just trying to play the way I always did. Scoring and beating records is always good, but I've always worked towards this goal. I must continue, I have the ambition to go further, wherever my potential takes me. Winning a World Cup this young opens you lots of doors.”
  • "You always have to believe. In this type of competition, it's not the most handsome that wins, but the one who believe the most. And our belief was as solid as iron. We had to show it even if it seemed arrogant at first. But we are all on different paths. Take Adil Rami for example, he worked all his life towards this goal, but me, I'm just starting. I have a whole history to write."
  • (about the Ballon D'Or) "It's for certain that the World Cup works in my favour, but I'm not thinking about that right now,."
Luka Modric:
  • "You can say that my team today just was not lucky. I really think so. And everyone in our team thinks the same way. We played well and today were the best team on the field. But the best teams do not always win. The second goal conceded was a turning point in the match. We were surprised when the referee resorted to VAR help. And in general we were surprised by the work of the referee. Before the first goal he put a free kick, although, in my opinion, there was no foul there. France opened the account. But we returned to the game, showed excellent football, and the judge put a penalty. Such moments always kill the team. It is impossible to constantly make a back-up."
  • "We fought to the very end and are proud of what we have achieved and how we played today. Unfortunately, this was not enough"
Ivan Rakitic:
  • “"We were the better team in the first half, we were attacking, but we were unlucky tonight. They scored four goals from their three shots on goal. But I congratulate France, they deserved it."
STATS AND FACTS

-------------------- France are the World Champions -----------------------

  • Luka Modric (CRO) wins the Golden Ball.
  • Harry Kane (ENG) wins the Golden Boot.
  • Thibaut Courtois (BEL) wins the Golden Glove.
  • Kylian Mbappé (FRA) wins the Young Player Award.
  • Spain wins the Fair Play Award.
  • Deschamps is the third person to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager, after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer.
  • Mandzukic is the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup final.
  • France became the first team to score four goals in a World Cup final since Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in 1970.
  • Croatia are the first team to lose in their first appearance in a World Cup final since the Netherlands in 1974 (2-1 v Germany).
  • Mbappe (19 years 207 days) is the second youngest player to score in a World Cup final, after Pele for Brazil in 1958 (17 years 249 days).
  • Griezmann has scored 10 goals for France in major tournaments - only three players have scored more for Les Bleus (Michel Platini - 14, Just Fontaine - 13, Thierry Henry - 12).
  • Mandzukic became the fifth player to score in both World Cup and European Cup/Champions League finals after Ferenc Puskas, Zoltan Czibor, Gerd Muller and Zinedine Zidane.
  • Olivier Giroud didn't attempt a single shot on target in 546 minutes at this World Cup for France.
THE ROAD TO LENIN STADIUM:
Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
URU 2-1 POR
FRA 4-3 ARG URU 0-2 FRA
BRA 2-0 MEX FRA 1-0 BEL
BEL 3-2 JPN BRA 1-2 BEL
FRA 4-2 CRO
ESP 1-1 (3-4) RUS RUS 2-2 (3-4) CRO
CRO 1-1 (3-2) DEN ENG 1-2 CRO
SWE 1-0 SUI SWE 0-2 ENG
COL 1-1 (3-4) ENG
POINTS OF DISCUSSION
  • I) How will you remember this World Cup?: Infantino says that it's the best ever, and even if I don't agree it is undeniable that at least is something debatable. What do you think?
  • II) How is this France compared to 98' and 06'? Repeated question, aye, but has your opinion changed after the final? Is this France better than 98' and 06'?
  • III) VAR: did it approve the test? It had a pivotal role in the tournament since its very start. What do you think about it after the end of the cup? did it approve? does need changes? which ones?
(the idea of creating next-day/the day after match threads is to offer a platform for those who have seen the match, and inform those who haven't, while also encouraging more in-depth discussion than in the original thread. Here is a link to the original Post Match Thread.
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Match Thread: Australia vs Costa Rica

Australia vs Costa Rica
Kick Off: 7:30pm AEDT (hour from submission)
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium (Capacity: 45 000)
TV: Live on Fox Sports 3
Streams: Feed2All, hahasport

Preview (excerpt from The Guardian)

It is five months since Australia last played in Australia. On that June evening in Sydney, Holger Osieck took the applause from the fans and the plaudits from the media after clinching a spot at the 2014 World Cup – there were even calls for the German to be given a contract extension.
The global tour undertaken since produced results and performances that would have the cricket team wincing. The Socceroos finished dead last in the East Asian Cup and then went to South America and Europe to suffer successive six-goal spankings. It cost Osieck his job.
In comes Ange Postecoglou. There is a good deal of goodwill for the new man. Major football nations in the Asia Football Confederation should always have a homegrown coach and Postecoglou was the best choice with two titles in the achievements column of a CV that also lists a desire to play a smooth passing game in the objective section.
Costa Rica Profile
Costa Rica are the most successful team in Central America having qualified for four World Cups, including reaching the last sixteen on their debut in Italy 1990. For Brazil 2014 they breezed through their qualification zone, coming second in CONCACAF and beating the USA and Mexico in the process. The Costa Rican's squad largest contingent (7 players) is from their local league however they have players from the German, Belgium, English, Greek, Swedish and Finish leagues (9 Players). The Costa Ricans have also included A-leaguers Carlos Hernández and Kenny Cunningham, both of whom are from the Nix.
Socceroos Profile
For the Socceroos Ange culled Wilkshire, Holman, Thompson, Brosque, Ognenovski from his new squad. Mark Schwarzer also announced his shock retirement. For this reason the game will also help show whether Ange prefers goalkeepers Langerak or Ryan for the Number One position. The other issue that looms large is the captaincy; whether Ange will bench Neil and give the armband to Cahil as much of the media has speculated.
Costa Rica are currently ranked 31st in the FIFA World rankings while Australia is ranked 57th.
Form Guide:
Socceroos: WDLLLLW
Costa Rica: LLWWDLW
Betting Odds:
Team Win Draw
Australia 2.02 3.35
Costa Rica 3.70 3.35
Squads
Both Teams Starting XI (Imgur Link)
Socceroos starting XI (4-2-3-1):
 Ryan; Franjic, Neill (c), Williams, Davidson; Milligan,Jedinak; Kruse, Bresciano, Vidosic; Leckie 
Costa Rica XI:
 Gonzalez; Umana, Borges, Duarte, Oviado; McDonald, Campbell, Gamba, Pemberton; Calvo, Cubero 
Match events
Kick Off
Half Time 0-0
69' GOAL for Cahil! Australia 1-0 Costa Rica
Full Time Australia 1-0 Costa Rica
There are Costa Rican flairs available, just click "edit" (next to your username) in the sidebar. Just how you would normally select flairs.
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Australia vs Costa Rica - Pre Game Discussion

International Friendly

Australia vs Costa Rica
Kick Off: 7:30pm AEST Tuesday (19/11)
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium (Capacity: 45 000)
TV: Live on Fox Sports 3

Preview

Costa Rica are the most successful team in Central America having qualified for four World Cups, including reaching the last sixteen on their debut in Italy 1990. For Brazil 2014 they breezed through their qualification zone, coming second in CONCACAF and beating the USA and Mexico in the process. The Costa Rican's squad largest contingent (7 players) is from their local league however they have players from the German, Belgium, English, Greek, Swedish and Finish leagues (9 Players). The Costa Ricans have also included A-leaguers Carlos Hernández and Kenny Cunningham, both of whom are from the Nix.
For the Socceroos Ange culled Wilkshire, Holman, Thompson, Brosque, Ognenovski from his new squad. Mark Schwarzer also announced his shock retirement. For this reason the game will also help show whether Ange prefers goalkeepers Langerak or Ryan for the Number One position. The other issue that looms large is the captaincy; whether Ange will bench Neil and give the armband to Cahil as much of the media has speculated.
Costa Rica are currently ranked 31st in the FIFA World rankings while Australia is ranked 57th.
Form Guide:
Socceroos: WDLLLLW
Costa Rica: LLWWDLW
Betting Odds:
Team Win Draw
Australia 2.02 3.35
Costa Rica 3.70 3.35

Squads

Australia's squad:
Goalkeepers: Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge KV)
Defenders: Jason Davidson (SC Heracles Almelo), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng), Lucas Neill (Omiya Ardija), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough FC), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Michael Zullo (Adelaide United)
Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic (FC Luzern), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), James Holland (FK Austria Vienna), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace FC), Matthew McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tom Rogic (Celtic FC), Dario Vidosic (FC Sion)
Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Robbie Kruse (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht)
Costa Rica's Squad:
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (GK) (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (GK) (L.D. Alajuelense)
Defenders: Junior Diaz (Mainz), Geancarlo Gonzalez (Valarenga),Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Michael Umana (Deportivo Saprissa), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge)
Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolanos (F.C. Copenhagen), Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix), Jose Miguel Cubero (C.S. Herediano), Ariel Rodriguez (L.D. Alajuelense), Kenny Cunningham (Wellington Phoenix), Esteban Granados (C.S. Herediano), Diego Calvo (Valarenga)
Forwards: Randall Brenes (C.S. Cartagines), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos), Jonathan McDonald (Kalmar FF)

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