People across the African Diaspora celebrated the World Cup victory of France—which has 15 African players.
France won it’s second World Cup championship, defeating a tough Croatia team 4-2 at goals contributed by two players of African descent: Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé.
African players from France team Samuel Umtiti was born in Cameroon. Presnel Kimpembe and Steven Nzonzi‘s fathers are Congolese. Steve Mandanda comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. N’Golo Kante‘s parents are from Mali. Blaise Matuidi‘s parents are from Angola and Congo, and Corentin Tolisso‘s father is from Togo.
It sure was an exciting FIFA World Cup Tournament and after a month since it began, it finally has met its end with Western European country France emerging as the winner of the tournament.
France went head-on with fellow European country Croatia all the way through from the group stage to the finals and ended the game in a 4-2 win against Croatia. France had an early lead at the 18th minute of the game, when Mandzukic made an own goal and then Croatia made sure to equalize ten minutes later.
Attacking, France ordered the penalty which was taken by Antoine Griezmann at the 39th minute which put them on the list again, till the end of the first half France put on quite a show at the finals when they put the ball at the back of the net yet again at the 61st minute, giving then a 4-1 lead.
Croatia struggled to make a comeback at every little turn and scored a goal at the 69th minute making the game at 4-2 and though they put in their best to equalize the game , France emerged as the champions of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tournament.
It’s been precisely 20 years since the country won the FIFA World Cup as they were the champions of the 1998 World Cup Tournament which was hosted by them in that year.
The title is France’s second and the country’s first since it won on home soil in 1998, and it ended a thrilling run by Croatia.
Croatia survived three consecutive extra time games and two penalty shootouts to reach their first final, and they even had the better of the game on Sunday. But bad bounces and France who was a better team made all the difference on Sunday.
And when the final whistle blew, it’s players raced off the bench in glee, gathering in jumping hugs and tossing their coach,Didier Deschamps in the air.
Deschamps, a midfielder in 1998 for the France team, had become a father figure for this young team, a guiding hand on the wheel, keeping everything in line.
When the night ended, and when France was the champion again, he became the third man to win the World Cup as a player and head coach.
Players honored him with their boisterousness, busting into his post game news conference and showering him with champagne before he could answer a single question.
The France team will not be remembered as the most elegant champions, or the most creative. Instead it will be remembered for what it was, a team of exceptional talent and ruthless efficiency, a group in which every player new his job and performed it flawlessly.
All that it achieved was through legion planning, hard work, relentless discipline and the occasional brilliance of the young striker Kylian Mbappe, the galloping midfielder Paul Pogba and the steadfast central defence of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti ,was absolutely remarkable.
“We did not play a huge game, but we showed mental quality,” Deschamps said.”And we scored four goals anyway.”
Winning the 2018 World Cup now moves them to the league of countries like Uruguay and Argentina who have won the title twice .
Cheers to France.