FIFA 2018: France Takes Home Their Second World Cup Trophy

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Moscow, Russia — In one of the most entertaining finals for decades, the 2018 FIFA World Cup ended last night with a six-goal thriller. Yesterday, France finally lifted their second World Cup trophy in history after defeating Croatia, 4-2.

France vs Croatia Match Highlights

The Les Bleus fans celebrated early after the Blazers gifted their team an early lead. It was in the 18th minute when Mario Mandzukic gave France a free point after kicking the ball into his own net. However, Ivan Perisic redeemed their team when he shot a stunning equalizer ten minutes later.

But luck is seemingly not with Croatia for a penalty kick was awarded to France when Perisic made a handball. Antoine Griezmann finished it from the spot and put France back up. Several minutes later, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe shot two consecutive goals rolling their team to a convincing 4-1 lead.

Four minutes after Mbappe’s successful shot, Mandzukic again made another goal. But as Croatia cannot recover anymore, the final whistle was blown and France was crowned as the 2018 FIFA World Cup Champions.

“This is amazing, it’s the pinnacle: France is on top of the world!,” Coach Didier Deschamps expressed. Take a look at some of France’s precious moments:

Results: France 4 – Croatia 2

THE 2018 FIFA World Cup Winners

Meanwhile, England captain Harry Kane won the Golden Boot after finishing as the World Cup’s top scorer. Moreover, Croatia’s Luka Modric was recognized as the Player of the Tournament and won the Golden Ball. Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard and France forward Griezmann got second and third place, respectively.

Furthermore, the Golden Glove was given to Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois for being the leading goalkeeper after creating 27 saves. And lastly, France’s rising star Mbappe got the Young Player Award.

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FIFA 2018: Belgium Wins 3rd Place

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Saint Petersburg, Russia — With only a few days left before the 2018 FIFA World Cup reaches its end, the last competing teams continued their quest for glory. Last night, Belgium gave England a searing pain after scoring goals that secured the Red Devils a third-place victory.

Belgium vs England Match Highlights

In a battle where the bronze medal is at stake, both teams displayed their hunger to make their respective countries proud. Suffering defeat from their previous game, The Three Lions sought redemption. But Belgium delivered better than their opponents – even executing one of their best plays in the tournament.

Four minutes at the start of the game, the Red Devils took the lead when Thomas Meunier shot an early opener past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. England failed to gave an equalizer. Belgium continued to dominate with Eden Hazard’s successful goal in the 86th minute.

Here’s Hazard’s winning goal:

Results: Belgium 2- England 0

Meanwhile, England’s Team Captain Harry Kane received mixed reactions from fans. But Kane expressed in an interview that his team still has room for improvement. “We’re not the finished article, we’re still improving and will only get better,” Kane said.

Are you excited for France and Croatia’s play tomorrow? Tell us which team you’re rooting for to win the championship trophy!

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FIFA 2018: France Faces Croatia in the World Cup Finals

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Luzhniki Stadium, Russia — The game between France and Belgium last Tuesday was already full of thrill and drama. But apparently, it’s nothing compared to what football fans just witnessed last night. In a surprising finale, Croatia ended England’s World Cup dream with a 2-1 scoreline.

CROATIA VS ENGLAND MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Interestingly enough, England won the poll that FIFA World Cup official Twitter account created, getting 54% of the votes. Somehow positive that their team will win, England fans went into the game wearing wild smiles. In addition, ‘football’s coming home’ resounded both in the internet and in the stadium.

The Three Lions started strong early in the game. In the 5th minute, England took the lead when Kieran Trippier’s shot went past goalkeeper Danijel Subašić on the free kick.

In the second half, the Blazers made a comeback when Ivan Perišić shot an equalizer in the 68th minute. Everyone thought that the match will end in a penalty shootout. However, Mario Mandžukić made a surprising goal in the extra time, snatching victory from England.

Here’s a video of Mandžukić’s shot:

On Sunday, Croatia will face France in the finals in Moscow. Meanwhile, England takes on Belgium in the third-place match.

After watching France and Croatia’s performance, who do you think will win in the World Cup finals? Let us know in the comments below!

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FIFA 2018: Samuel Umtiti Takes France to World Cup Finals

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Saint Petersburg, Russia — The remaining days of the 2018 FIFA World Cup gets more dramatic than ever as the last four teams now fight for a spot in the finals. After the game last night, France secured a ticket to Moscow with a 1-0 win over Belgium.

FRANCE VS BELGIUM MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

The first half of the game was full of unsuccessful attacks from the competing teams. The Les Bleus and the Red Devils both put up a brilliant defense. Belgium tried to break France’s wall but failed. After a seemingly dull game in the second half, Samuel Umtiti stroked a stunning header that sent the Les Bleus fans into a frenzy. Here’s the video of the winning goal:

After defeating Argentina, Uruguay, and Belgium in the knockout stage, France finally reaches the finals. On Sunday, the Les Bleus will either take England or Croatia. Meanwhile, the loser faces Belgium in the third-place match on Saturday.

What team do you think will get the World Cup trophy? Let us know in the comments below.

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FIFA 2018: England, Croatia Advance to Semi-finals

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RUSSIA — The 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal ended last night with dramatic and intense games. Kicking Sweden and Russia out of the tournament, England and Croatia complete the last four teams that will fight for a place in the final round. Here are the highlights of last night’s matches:

Maguire, alli take England to semi-finals

England will advance to the semi-finals after a convincing 2-0 victory against Sweden last night in Samara, Russia. The Three Lions just needed two stunning goals and three massive saves to bring football home; which they stunningly did.

Three Lions’ Harry Maguire made an early goal in the 30th minute putting his team on the lead. Almost thirty minutes later, the ball fell to Jesse Lingard which he sent to the back post. Dele Alli took the ball, kicked it straight into the goal and danced!

As Sweden failed to score equalizers and the final whistle was blown, England gets a ticket to semi-finals, its first since 1990. The game caused the fans to shout and jump wildly in the arena. Football’s coming home!

Results: England 2 – Sweden 0

Croatia sTUNS woRLD CUP HOST RUSSIA, 4-3

Ending in an intense penalty shootout, Russia will have to just watch the other teams play from now on after Croatia put them in a shocking defeat. It was a tremendous heartbreak for the World Cup host but a huge celebration for Croatia.

Russia initially thought that luck was siding with them as Dennis Cheryshev stroked an early goal in the 31st minute. But Croatia did not waste any time and scored an equalizer in the 39th minute.

Taking the chance to score again, Croatia’s Domagoj Vida produced another point in the 100th minute. However, Russia notched a late equalizer, ending the game in a draw. As usual, the teams will have to undergo a PSO which ended in a victorious 4-3 for Croatia.

Results: Croatia 2 (4) – Russia 2 (3)

After watching the quarterfinal games of the football teams, who do you think will make it to the finals? Let us know in the comments below!

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FIFA 2018: European Teams Twist Knife in South America’s Wound

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RUSSIA — Full of thrill and drama, the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals began last night with major upsets for the South American teams. France and Belgium will advance to semi-finals after ending Uruguay and Brazil’s tournament dreams, completing South America’s misfortune.

Uruguay cries after losing to France

France celebrated victory after they won their quarter-final match against Uruguay last night, 2-0. In the 40th minute, Raphael Varane gave a stunning header that put France in the lead. It was then followed by Antoine Griezmann’s soft goal in the 61st minute.

Uruguay seemed aggressive in the game but they failed to score equalizers. With five minutes left, Uruguay’s star player Jose Gimenez broke down crying knowing that they couldn’t make a comeback to redeem the team.

Results: France 2 – Uruguay 0

Seleçãos bow down to The RED Devils

The world’s most prestigious team, Brazil, will have to pack up their bags and go home after Belgium finishes their World Cup run, 2-1. The Seleçãos started strong but the Red Devils similarly played with solid defense and attacks.

Belgium scored early in the 13th minute when the ball hit Fernandinho’s arm and went straight inside the net. Few minutes later, Kevin De Bruyne shot a goal giving Belgium a commanding 2-0 lead. Brazil had a glimpse of hope after Renato Augusto notched a point in the 76th minute. But after the final whistle was blown, it was a confirmed elimination for Brazil.

Results: Belgium 2 – Brazil 1

The next quarterfinal games will be between Sweden and England, and Russia and Croatia. What teams do you think will qualify to the semi-finals? Let us know in the comments below.

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FIFA 2018: Sweden, England Complete Quarterfinal Line-Up

RUSSIA — Last night’s matches sealed off the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 with thrill and drama. Sweden and England enter last eight after defeating Switzerland and Colombia, respectively. The other teams that will compete in the quarterfinals are Uruguay, France, Brazil, Belgium, Russia, and Croatia.

Forsberg OUSTS SWITZERLAND FROM WORLD CUP

Sweden’s Emil Forsberg ended Switzerland’s World Cup journey last night as he scored one goal that secured their victory. Similar to their past games, the Swedes are low in attacks but are strong in defense. The Swiss created more shots but they just can’t break Sweden’s wall.

Results: Sweden 1 – Switzerland 0

ENGLAND WINS A THRILLER OVER COLOMBIA

Although their game with Los Cafeteros went into a draw, the Three Lions will enter last eight after winning an intense penalty shootout, 4-3. Despite not having star-player James Rodriguez in the game, Colombia gave a tough fight.

Everyone thought Harry Kane’s goal in the 57th minute was England’s victory. But Colombia’s rising star Yerry Mina shot a dramatic equalizer in injury-time. Consequently, the match has to end in a PSO where the Three Lions won.

Results: England 1 – Colombia 1 (PSO 4-3)

Meanwhile, some celebrities went wild in the internet over Three Lions’ insane game, claiming that football is coming home to England.

What teams do you think will advance to the semi-finals? Let us know in the comments below.

FIFA 2018: Russia, Croatia Enter Quarterfinals After PSO Win

RUSSIA — Different from the first two matches of the Round of 16 which gave convincing results, last night’s games were nothing short of bizarre and dramatic. With similar fates, Russia and Croatia will advance to the quarterfinals after winning in the penalty shootout or PSO following their matches that both ended in draws.

For those who are not familiar, a PSO is a method of determining a winner in a match that cannot end in a draw. Each team will have five attempts to shoot a goal from the penalty mark with the goalpost defended only by the goalkeeper.

Russia Defeats Spain over penalties

After Argentina and Portugal were sent home last Saturday, one of crowd’s top picks to win the World Cup will head home too. Yesterday, Spain lost their grip on the champions trophy as Russia snatched victory with a 4-3 PSO win. Apparently, the golden days of arguably the world’s best teams has concluded.

Spain scored early in the 12th minute but Russia’s Artem Dzyuba gave an equalizer in the 41st. Then, the game went on with lots of ball passing, 1,363 to be exact. Despite ending their game in a draw, host nation Russia celebrated triumphantly over Spain after a thrilling PSO.

Results: Russia 1 – Spain 1 (PSO 4-3)

ivan rakitic takes Croatia to quarterfinals

Meanwhile, Croatia will face Russia in the quarterfinals after they ousted Denmark from the World Cup with a PSO win too.

Denmark’s Mathias Jorgensen shot a very early goal at the first minute, giving his team an advantage. But in the 4th minute, Mario Mandzukic scored an equalizer for Croatia. Same with Russia and Spain’s game, the match went on with many attempts to score but both teams failed. The game was concluded with a PSO where Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic secured his team’s victory, 3-2.

Results: Croatia 1 – Denmark 1 (PSO 3-2)

Who do you think will win in Russia and Croatia’s match in the quarterfinals? Let us know in the comments below.

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FIFA 2018: Belgium Beats England in a Lackluster Game

RUSSIA — Just when the fans expected a lot from England, their game with Belgium turned out to be a disappointment. That and other upsetting group finales concluded the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage. Here’s a quick recap of yesterday’s games:

ENGLAND LOSES TO BELGIUM IN DISGRACE

Belgium defeated England 1-0 in a game where they both initially showed no desire in winning. After a lackluster show in the first half, the Red Devils decided to give a good game in the second. And in the 51st minute, Adnan Januzaj shot a wonderful goal and gave Belgium victory.

Meanwhile, the England fans expected a lot from their team after they thrashed Panama last time with a 6-1 win. But in this game where they fight for the first place in Group G, Coach Gareth Southgate strangely benched the star players.

We don’t really know what these players have in mind or what the teams are planning but they surely disappointed a lot of fans.

Results: Belgium 1 – England 0

JAPAN ADVANCES TO LAST 16 DESPITE LOSS

Meanwhile, Japan will enter the last 16 even if Poland beat them with a shameful scoreline, 0-1. Japan’s Coach Akira Nishino made some unusual decisions in the game, especially when he did not let several of Japan’s scorers play. But with the  Fair Play that favored the Samurai Blue, they will luckily enter the knockout stage.

Results: Poland 1 – Japan 0

YERRY MINA TAKEs Colombia TO FINALS

Thousands of Colombia fans celebrated as their team snatched victory that will take them to the round of 16. Both teams played intense, knowing that this game will determine their fate. But Colombia somehow faltered when James Rodriguez was kicked out of the game after an injury early in the first half. However, Yerry Mina saved them with his successful kick in the 74th minute.

Results: Colombia 1 – Senegal 0

Tunisia GOES HOME WITH VICTORY

The Eagles of Carthage only played for pride last night but they gave their fans a good game to end their World Cup journey. Panama scored early in the first half but gave an equalizer in the 51st minute. Although the Panamanians are definitely thirsty for a first win, Tunisia didn’t gave them a chance as they scored again securing their victory.

Results: Tunisia 2 – Panama 1

After watching them play in the group stage, what teams do you think will dominate in the last 16? Let us know in the comment below.

FIFA 2018: England Hits Panama With Six Goals

RUSSIA — The World Cup fever continues to take over as recent matches bring crazier moments and  more historic results. Yesterday, England secured themselves a spot at the next round of games by an insane 6-1 win against Panama. Moreover, Japan, Senegal and Colombia now battle for qualification at the knockout stage.

ENGLAND TRamples Panama

Although they played silly unicorn race right after their victorious opener, the Three Lions are straight-out serious in winning this tournament. Just last night, England made the whole stadium crazy as they thrashed Panama with a terrifying 6-1 scoreline.

A combination of Harry Kane’s hat-trick, John Stones’ brace and Jesse Lingard’s goal secured England a spot in the knockout stage. Thousands of Three Lion’s fans will surely book last-minute trips to Russia hoping that their team will bring home the tournament’s trophy.

Results: England 6 – Panama 1

Japan holds Senegal to a draw

Both Japan and Senegal are still hopeful to qualify for the knockout rounds when their game yesterday went to a draw, 2-2. Sadio Mane and Moussa Wage put Senegal on an early lead, but their goals were immediately met by equalizers from Takashi Inui and Keisuke Honda. On Thursday, Japan will face Poland while Senegal will take on Colombia.

Results: Japan 2 – Senegal 2

Colombia BlEW Poland’s World Cup hopes

Dominating the match yesterday, Colombia produced a triple score blowing Poland out of World Cup. In addition, Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado’s goals redeemed Colombia from their loss against Japan in their opener match. Consequently, Colombia is now in a battle with Japan and Senegal for the group’s two spots in the next round of matches.

Results: Colombia 3 – Poland 0

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FIFA 2018: Teams Score Their First Victories

RUSSIA — An underdog’s unexpected victory, triumphant stoppage time goals, and a revengeful comeback. Last night’s games were nothing short of dramatic.

After garnering satisfying scores, Nigeria, Brazil, and Switzerland finally got their first wins in yesterday’s World Cup matches.

Soaring SUper Eagles went WILD AGAINST ICELAND

Super Eagles fans wildly celebrated their team’s glorious victory at the Volgograd Arena last night. Driven by a hunger for their first win, Nigeria played a stunning 2-0 feat against Iceland.

Both teams struggled getting a goal in the first half. But Nigeria’s hero Ahmed Musa superbly soared in the second half and notched both goals. On Tuesday, Iceland will compete against Croatia while the Eagles takes on Argentina.

Results: Nigeria 2 – Iceland 0

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Brazil’s dramatic win

Brazil also had their taste of victory as Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave stoppage time strikes against Costa Rica, winning 2-0. Everyone thought the result of the game would be a draw but Neymar stroked a surprising goal. The win redeemed Brazil’s denied victory against the Swiss team last Monday.

Furthermore, Brazil’s dramatic success injured Coach Tite after celebrating. “I pulled a muscle. I’m limping after the celebrations,” he said. His entertaining tumble had some fans in fits of laughter sparking posts on social media.

Results: Brazil 2 – Costa Rica 0

SWITZERLAND’s COMEBACK overthrew Serbia

With Serbia’s dominance in the first half, Switzerland came back strong in the second half and scored two winning goals, 2-1. The game almost resulted into a draw with Granit Xhaka’s equalizer cancelling Serbia’s early opener.

However, Xherdan Shaqiri shot a ball past Serbia’s keeper. Swiss’ victory both got Shaqiri and Xhaka celebrating with the Albanian eagle. “In football, you have always emotions and at least you can see what I did and I think it’s just emotion and I’m very happy to score this goal,” Shaqiri expressed.

Results: Switzerland 2 – Serbia 1

The top three teams in Group E will now have to fight for the last two available places in the Round of 16. Who do you think will qualify to enter the next round of matches? Let us know in the comments below.

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FIFA Opener Games: Japan Triumphs Over Colombia in Upset

RUSSIA — Japan pulled off another surprising World Cup upset with a 2-1 win against Colombia last night. As a result, the Blue Warriors’ victory marked the first Asian win against a South American team in the past 17 tournaments.

Japan celebrates a historic win

The football fans were surprised with the game’s result for Japan was actually ranked by many as one of the weakest teams. What was even more unexpected is the fact that the team changed coaches shortly before the game.

It was a terrible match for the 10-man Los Cafeteros. Colombia’s star player James Rodriguez had to nurse a leg injury at the start of the game.

On top of that, the team made an early penalty when Carlos Sanchez blocked Shinji Kagawa’s shot with his arm. Several minutes later, Colombia managed to snick a goal under Japan’s wall with Juan Fernando Quintero’s strike.

Rodriguez arrived in the second half of the game and somehow boosted the team. But Japan kept an effective play. Few minutes before the end of the match, Yuya Osako stroked a beautiful header securing Japan’s triumph.

Yesterday’s matches recap

Same Fate. Similar to Japan’s feat, Senegal went away with a 2-1 victory against Poland. The Lions of Teranga’s first goal that took them only thirty minutes was immediately followed by a successful strike by M’Baye Niang. Consequently, Senegal was the first African team to win a match at the 2018 World Cup as Egypt, Morroco, Nigeria and Tunisia all lost their opening games.

Madly Happy Russia. After crushing Saudi Arabia in the opener, Russia had their second taste of victory in their game last night. Beating Egypt with a 3-1 scoreline, FIFA’s host seemed unstoppable in dominating this year’s World Cup. “We are happy, madly happy,” striker Artem Dzyuba expressed.

What other teams do you think will possibly give another World Cup upset? Let us know in the comments below.

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Robbie Williams ‘Entertains’ at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremonies

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RUSSIA — This year’s FIFA World Cup kicked off last night with a short but grand opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

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British pop icon Robbie Williams performed a few of his songs including ‘Feel’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You.’ However, viewers got a big surprise when Williams stuck his middle finger up to the camera while singing ‘Rock DJ.’

 

 

Meanwhile, hundreds of performers amused the audiences by showing Russia’s proud culture in their presentations. Local artist and operatic soprano Aida Garifullin graced the field as she sang while riding a firebird.

Also, pianist Daniil Trifonov and violinist Yuri Bashmet performed a Peter Tchaikovsky’s composition while floating over Moscow river in a pre-recorded opening video.

Zabivaka the wolf

Following tradition, the past tournament’s mascot Fuleco the armadillo introduced 2018’s Zabivaka the wolf.

The opening match started after Brazil’s Cristiano Ronaldo kicked over the ball to Zabivaka, a customary act signalling the tournament’s outset.

According to FIFA, Zabivaka means “the one who scores”, describing him as “a wolf who radiates fun, charm, and confidence.”

The first match ended well for Russia as they scored 5-0 against Saudi Arabia. The succeeding games were Egypt vs Uruguay, Morocco vs IR Iran and Portugal vs Spain.

What are your predictions for the upcoming matches? Let us know in the comments below.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Starts Tomorrow

Words by Monique Pamintuan

RUSSIA — Tomorrow, June 14, the much-anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will finally kick off. Happening every four years, the World Cup is an international football tournament where men’s national teams of FIFA’s member associations compete against one another.

2014 FIFA World Cup RECAP

Before the 21st FIFA World Cup begins, let us relive some moments from the past World Cup that took place in Brazil last 2014.

Surprise goal. United States’ John Brooks, who had only played as a substitute, unexpectedly scored three points which gave his country a winning goal at the World Cup. The moment surprised even Brooks himself and got him saying “Oh my God, have I actually just done that?!”

Heroic blocks. Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico’s goalkeeper, made four remarkable saves which became the highlight of the Brazil vs. Mexico 0-0 match.

Up, up in the air. Who could forget Netherlands’ Robin van Persie, the footballer who made an exceptional blastoff through the air that scored a goal? His act became an internet sensation which his grandfather also copied by doing a landing stance on the floor.

Once Again, History is Made. During their match against Belgium, Tim Howard, another phenomenal goalkeeper, made a record-breaking number of 16 saves in a span of 120 minutes for the United States. This beat the performance of any other goalkeeper in a single match in the World Cup history.

A Record FTW. Germany’s Miroslav Klose also broke a record by giving his team 16 goals over four World Cup competitions, with the last one earning the German footballers the 2014 FIFA World Cup championship title.

What are your favorite moments from the 2014 tournament? Tell us who you’re rooting for in this year’s World Cup in the comments below.