Farewell, World Cup 2018. Thank You For Croatian President’s Jaadu Ki Jhappi & Maradona’s Madness

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Farewell, World Cup 2018. Thank You For Croatian President’s Jaadu Ki Jhappi & Maradona’s Madness

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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he last time Croatia and France met each other in a World Cup match, the stakes were considerably lower: For one, it was the semi-finals and Didier Deschamps was playing for France. The result mirrored the one we witnessed last night at the World Cup final in Moscow: France won. This time, 4-2.

But last night will also remain unforgettable for a host of other reasons. The 2018 World Cup final boasted of six goals, out of which four were scored by France, including an own goal and a VAR penalty – a first for any final. With France’s win, Didier Deschamps became the third man to have won the World Cup as both a player and a coach (And second to have won as both captain and coach). And at 19, Kylian Mbappé became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final in six decades. To top it off, there was French President Emmanuel Macron’s adorable dab with Benjamin Mendy and Paul Pogba and his joyous celebration, where he channelled part delirious fan and all-round Greek God.

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