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Deschamps tells World Cup-winning France squad life will never be the same again

Deschamps tells World Cup-winning France squad life will never be the same again

France´s forward Antoine Griezmann holds a press conference in Istra on July 13, 2018, two days before the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used for the first time in a World Cup final to award France a 38th-minute penalty which Antoine Griezmann scored to give them a 2-1 lead over Croatia on Sunday.

Didier Deschamps could write his name into the history books by becoming only the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer.

Sweet strikes from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe extended their advantage, before a howler from Lloris gifted Mandzukic a goal four minutes later.

While there were questions asked after a far-from-inspiring start, which included a controversial win over Australia and narrowly beating Peru, France still expectedly secured a knockout round spot early from a first round group where they were heavy favourites. You can easily say that without Mbappe the now World Champions could have gone out of the tournament at the Round of 16 stage.

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He was decisive in his team's triumph but, when it came to the biggest moments, there was Griezmann.

Olivier Giroud may not have had the best of World Cup's, but he will still come away from the tournament as a World Cup victor. Or winning your team a "dubious" free kick in the final from which your team scores! They will go different paths but will forever be linked together and from [Sunday] nothing will be the same professionally because they are world champion. Immigrants make up 6.8 of France's overall population. He can also chip in with important goals as he did when he opened the scoring against Uruguay. But actually, throughout the tournament France have played some very good football. Deschamps, who turns 50 later this year, could surely be more expansive, but his style of play brings results.

A disappointed soccer fan at the Edmonton Croatia Football Club in Edmonton, Canada watched France defeated Croatia by a score of 4-2 at the 2018 soccer World Cup final in Moscow, Russia on Sunday July 15, 2018.

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