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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Articles tagged: World Cup 2018

Croatia manager critical of key penalty in World Cup final

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic was not happy after France were awarded a critical penalty in the first half of the World Cup Final.

With the game tied at one late in the first half, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana used VAR to award a controversial handball penalty against Croatia. Pitana judged that Croatia’s Ivan Perisic intentionally handled the ball in the box, awarding the penalty that ultimately made it 2-1 to France.

After the match, Dalic gave credit to France, but made clear that he felt the penalty award was ridiculous.

VAR has definitely had an impact on the World Cup. Many would argue that, rightly or wrongly, it had a huge impact on the outcome of this match as well.

Watch: FOX nearly misses out on shot of World Cup trophy lift

FOX’s World Cup coverage ended somewhat awkwardly, with what should have been an iconic shot of France lifting the trophy going somewhat awry.

After French captain Hugo Lloris was handed the trophy, FOX cut to a wide shot to capture the entire group of players celebrating their 4-2 victory over Croatia. There was just one problem: almost immediately after cutting to the shot, three men made it impossible for viewers to see what was going on.

The image of the World Cup winners lifting the trophy is an iconic one every time, and FOX will not be happy that their view of it was spoiled here. It wasn’t even FOX’s only gaffe of the broadcast, though the other one may not have been their fault.

This was the first time FOX Sports televised the World Cup, and their coverage wasn’t always popular with fans. Just about missing the trophy lift isn’t going to silence critics.

France president celebrated World Cup win in unexpected fashion

France have officially been crowned the kings of the soccer world, and the most powerful man in their nation is as excited as anyone about it.

Following his team’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, French president Emmanuel Macron was so elated that he jumped onto a table and threw his arms in the air.

After the match, Macron headed down to the field to individually congratulate all of the players. He clearly didn’t mind the pouring rain after the skies opened up in Russia.

We also saw some tremendous displays of sportsmanship from Macron and Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

In a game that featured everything from remarkable goals to one of the worst goalkeeping blunders you will ever see, Macron’s unmatched enthusiasm was a fitting end.

France goalkeeper mocked for brutal blunder in World Cup final

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made some remarkable saves throughout the World Cup, but he made one of the most embarrassing blunders during the final match against Croatia on Sunday. Fortunately, France had a sizable lead at the time.

Lloris received a pass from one of his teammates roughly halfway through the second half, and he tried to dribble around a Croatian attacker rather than simply booting it away. Let’s just say it did not go well.

That was about as bad of a blunder as you’ll see, and all of the good things Lloris had done to that point would have been forgotten if France didn’t have a three-goal lead.

It should be noted that Lloris made arguably the best save of the entire World Cup to help France advance to the final, so he deserves credit for that. Either way, he’d love to have his error from Sunday back.

Twitter reacts to FOX airing commercial during play in World Cup final

The first half of the World Cup Final on Sunday featured about as much action as possible, and some fans were furious that they were forced to miss a small portion of it due to a broadcasting error.

In the 40th minute of play between Croatia and France, Xfinity customers had their broadcast of the game cut out for a commercial. That’s not supposed to happen in the middle of a half during a soccer match, and fans went ballistic on Twitter:

France were leading 2-1 at the time. Their first goal came by way of an own goal, and the second was on a penalty kick that was awarded due to a handball in the box. Sandwiched between France’s two goals was a laser from Croatia to tie the score at 1-1, so you can understand why viewers didn’t want to miss any of the action.

England manager praises Russia for staging of World Cup

There were many fears over whether Russia was prepared to host the 2018 World Cup, but at least one team had a very good experience from start to finish.

England manager Gareth Southgate had nothing but praise for the tournament’s organizers after their 2-0 defeat in the third-place playoff, stating that, despite a difficult relationship between the two countries politically, the tournament had been an excellent experience for the team.

There were definitely worries about how things would go in Russia, which faced criticism over some repressive government policies and fears of racism. One England player was so worried about the latter that he asked his family not to make the trip with him. Fortunately, it seems that the worst has been avoided, and overall, Russia’s issues were a lot less significant.

French magazine has bold and risky headline ahead of World Cup Final

One French magazine is feeling pretty confident about France’s chances of beating Croatia in the World Cup Final.

The front page of Saturday’s L’Equipe depicts a massive celebration on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, accompanied by a simple headline: “See you tomorrow.”

It’s certainly a show of confidence from the French publication, who clearly believe they’re going to see off Croatia to win their first World Cup since 1998.

There is, however, the risk of Croatian players seeing this. One openly criticized the English media for underestimating them ahead of the semi-final, but nothing they did was quite as blatant as this. Perhaps they’ll see it and use it as motivation in the final.