France Beats Croatia 4-2 to Win Second World Cup

(MOSCOW) — With Vladimir Putin watching from the stands, France won its second World Cup title in a match that was interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for.

Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.

Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when play was held up by four protesters. About 12 minutes after play resumed, Mbappe sent a right-footed shot past Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

The last teenager to score in a World Cup final was Pele, who scored two when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958.

Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, France’s two other key players, also scored at the Luzhniki Stadium.

But it was Mbappe and Pogba who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play interrupted by a four-person field invasion by Pussy Riot — watched from the VIP seats by Putin, whose government once jailed members of the activist group.

Griezmann scored from the penalty in the 38th minute after a video review. About four minutes after his corner kick was knocked out, the referee ruled Ivan Perisic had handled the ball on the way.

France took the lead in the 18th when Croatia’s tallest outfield player, 1.90-meter (6-foot-3) forward Mario Mandzukic, rose to meet Griezmann’s free kick with the top of his head. He inadvertently sent it past his own goalkeeper.

Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia.

Mbappe was born months after France first won the World Cup in 1998.

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African Team Defeats Croatia to Win the FIFA World Cup 2018

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France defeated Croatia to win the FIFA World Cup 2018. That’s what it says on paper, but one look at the members of the French team and it’s clear as day that it was Africa who really won. 

Listen, these are facts, the majority of the French national team is of African descent.

 

Thus per Twitter logic, Africa got that W.

 

And don’t think France doesn’t have racial problems it needs to cut the f*ck out.

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Peep Twitter’s reaction to the French African team’s World Cup win below and on the following pages. Salute!

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2018 World Cup: Russia vs. Croatia, How to Watch, Live Stream

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Russia and Croatia will face off in the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. ET.

As the World Cup reaches its apex, and the France vs. Uruguay and Brazil vs. Belgium games close out Friday, only a few countries remain in the running. After a month-long celebration of athleticism, patriotism, and all sorts of boundary-breaking, it’s down to the wire.

Russia, the host country for the 2018 World Cup, is riding a wave of success hardly anyone saw coming. After a penalty-shootout victory over much higher-ranked Spain, a victory against Croatia will give them a spot in the semi-finals.

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Just back from: Montenegro and Croatia

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Christina is all smiles above the Bay of Kotor © Christina Webb

Christina Webb, Assistant Editor for Lonely Planet’s Trade and Reference team, recently returned from a trip to Montenegro and Croatia.

In a nutshell… My boyfriend and I road-tripped through Montenegro’s untouched north down to the Bay of Kotor and over to Dubrovnik in Croatia. It was shoulder season, but we were lucky with the weather, which resulted in a combination of empty roads, beautiful beaches and hiking through snow in radiant sunshine. It was an incredible adventure in a destination that feels like your little secret!

Quintessential experience? Driving precarious mountain passes. En route to Lovćen National Park, one lesser-known road took us round 25 hairpin turns over 17km. At the bend of each of the 25 turns is a painted number – a reminder that you’re almost there (or still miles away)!

Defining moment? Driving round a bend and seeing the mass of dark blue that was the Bay of Kotor appear ahead of us. You can drive right along the waterfront through little villages with overgrown ruins – it’s fantastic. There were tons of steps around the lake to get into the water and no one else was there to make use of them, so we dived in the bay for a swim. It feels very much like a lake until you taste the salt water.

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At the Curevac viewpoint in the Durmitor National Park © Christina Webb

Fave activity? Walking and hiking. Walking up to the Curevac viewpoint in Durmitor National Park is a short but amazing hike, as is exploring the serene scenery of the dramatic Black Lake landscape. When hiking here we were joined by four friendly dogs who made sure we got home safely, walking us back into town for two miles. We did a lot of walking, but not all of it was amongst nature: we tackled the 1350 steps up the battlements of Old Town Kotor and in Croatia we walked Dubrovnik’s city walls.

Good food and drink? In the north we stopped off at rustic places serving hearty meals of river trout and countless local cheeses, ham and bread, including deliciously creamy cicvara (a porridge-like dish made from cornmeal and cream). In a cosy wood-panelled bar in Žabljak, locals kept us warm for the evening with shots of a spirit made from plums from a neighbouring village. We also gorged on fishy delights along the Adriatic Coast – a particularly great spot was Dubrovnik’s Bota Oyster & Sushi Bar.

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The rock-hewn Ostrog Monastery © Christina Webb

You’d be a muppet to miss… The Ostrog Monastery in Central Montenegro, a blindingly white, tiny rock-hewn monastery – the construction of which is still a mystery today. We entered the cave-like rooms through tiny doorways to see extravagant Orthodox art and mosaics on the walls. Locals kiss the walls and step out of doorways backwards in respect.

Time it right… and you’ll see spectacular sunsets in all the right places around Dubrovnik. One evening we stumbled upon Buza Bar II located through a small doorway in the city walls. Clambering past the bar itself we found a spot on some rocks below where we were treated to a brilliant view of the lapping ocean, the island of Lokrum beyond and a beautiful sunset. We chilled out with other travellers and watched kayakers paddle past against the orange sky. Just topping this was getting an evening cable car to the top of Mount Srđ and seeing the sun set over the Croatian islands from the top – the perfect end to our trip.

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Amazing places in Croatia

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Croatia is one of the most underrated countries in Europe – full of a rich and varied history, and some of the most beautiful Slavic landscapes in the world. It’s a country that was never really on our radar until we saw some breathtaking pictures, and that inspired us to check out this sensational European republic. If you’ve never checked out Croatia, it’s time to change your approach, and you can use this list to help you.

One of the things we love the most about Croatia is how diverse the landscape is. Much like France, you can get rural and urban areas, as well as more contemporary cities, juxtaposed with some retro towns. This is a list of what we feel are some of the most amazing places to visit in all of Croatia – you simply have to check out at least one of these.

Dubrovnik

This walled city illustrates everything great about Croatia, all in one city. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dubrovnik is a maritime city, based on a history of trade routes and has become one of the top Mediterranean destinations. If you’re lucky enough to get to Dubrovnik, you need to make sure you check out the charming Dubrovnik Cathedral, and, not to mention the famous Walls of Dubrovnik as well.

Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital, and one of the most contemporary cities in Croatia. It’s the perfect place to visit for those who want to experience beauty, history, and elegance. It might not be as lush and vibrant as the coastal cities, but the medieval architecture, the stunning Old Town, and the picturesque Zagorje region make this one of the best places in Croatia. We suggest you spend a few days here to really make sure you soak up the city.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Remember that stunning natural beauty we talked about in Croatia? Well, this is the perfect encapsulation of all of that. It’s the ideal location to enjoy and experience the best National Park in the country, and some stunning, otherworldly scenery. There are 16 connected lakes here, and you can hike around them to really make the most of the natural beauty here. Bask in the beauty of deep blue lakes, tumbling waterfalls, emerald forests, and mountain peaks.

Split

Split is another well-known city in Croatia, but it’s not quite as popular as some of the others you may know. In spite of this, it’s clear that Split is a firm favorite among many travelers, and this is generally to do with the fantastic port location, and the magnificent Diocletian Palace – a UNESCO World Heritage site. As well as some great history, and stunning tourist attractions, there are also plenty of activities you can do as well in the city. It’s ideal for young, hungry travelers looking to explore a different side of Croatia.

Croatia is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe for travelers. It gives you a great range of different cities and has a wonderful history to explore. Whether you’re looking for beaches, medieval towns, sprawling forests, or picturesque palaces, you’re going to find all of it and more in Croatia.

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The first relief: there is coffee. The cave-dwellers inspiring the version of the paleo regime on offer at Hotel Ola, a stone’s throw from Split airport, clearly needed their morning pick-me-up as much as I do. Also, they obviously appreciated a modest glass of wine now and again, which is surely fair, given that grapes can be hunter-gathered and fermented, can’t they?

As this might suggest, I’ve come to Croatia not because my body is a temple, but because it’s a two-up, two-down (with chunky ground-floor extension) in need of a little loving restoration. Some of the decor is a bit worse for wear, and the fuses keep blowing. Before long, this corporeal frame I call home will reach its half-century, and I’d rather it did so with its hinges oiled. Can a few days of a Mediterranean version of the paleo diet – in which carbs are reduced, proteins and healthy fats increased, processed food eschewed and fruit and vegetables abound – set me on the road to wellness?

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