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2018 World Cup final score, recap: France beats Croatia as Pogba, Mbappe, Griezmann shine

2018 World Cup final score, recap: France beats Croatia as Pogba, Mbappe, Griezmann shine
By Roger Gonzalez 1h ago • 2 min read
The French national team were crowned world champions on Sunday, after defeating an underdog Croatian team 4-2 in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday. It’s France’s second World Cup title and its first since it hosted the 1998 tournament 20 years ago. Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps was the captain in 1998 when his team shocked Brazil in Paris, and on Sunday he became the third to ever win the World Cup as a player and coach.

In a match that featured anything you could have ever imagined an own goal, a goalkeeper gaffe, pitch invaders and a teenager wunderkind finding the back of the net, France rolled to a convincing 4-1 lead and managed to hold on to earn its second star.

An own goal from Mario Mandzukic, a penalty-kick goal from Antoine Griezmann and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe lifted one of the pre-tournament favorites to the title, capping off a magnificent run in the group stage. Aside from beating Croatia, France also beat Belgium, Uruguay, and Argentina on its way to the title.

And it didn’t take too long for this one to get going. Despite Croatia playing better in the first half, a mistake gifted the lead to France. Mandzukic headed the ball into his own goal 18 minutes in on a set piece to make it 1-0:

Heck Epic next in gravel road bike series

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — The Heck arrangement of rock street bike races proceeds one weekend from now with the 225-mile Heck Epic: a two-day continuance race taking cyclists up the North Shore from Two Harbors to Grand Marais and back on the absolute most beautiful — and less voyaged — rock streets of Cook and Lake areas.

The Epic is the second of three Heck arrangement races this late spring. The Le Grand du Nord race was in May and the third race — the tenth yearly Heck of the North — is coming in September.

The prominence of rock street bike hustling is by all accounts developing rapidly in Minnesota and the Midwest, Heck arrangement occasion chief Jeremy Kershaw said.

“We had 360 (racers) for the Le Grand du Nord race over Memorial Day. We’ll be somewhere close to 350 and 400 for the Heck of the North in September. We’re rounded out with 70 individuals for this coming end of the week — that is everything we can deal with for this race,” Kershaw said. “We’re not as large as a portion of the huge rock occasions that get 2,000 or 3,000. Be that as it may, it’s developing.” Gravel street hustling is somewhat less specialized than single-track mountain biking, Kershaw stated, yet is a positive difference in pace from cleared street biking. There’s more obstruction with rock dashing, yet most members appreciate the extra exertion. There is likewise less vehicle activity to manage and the pace makes it simpler to appreciate Minnesota’s landscape.

“You see things, significantly more lovely nation, you see that more on rock streets,” he said. “You can take a rock street and rediscover excellent places appropriate around your home. Or on the other hand possibly, in the event that you experienced childhood in the city, find new places you didn’t know existed.” We needed to flag that these were races that require preparing, require exertion, that they are in excess of a side trip,” Kershaw said. “So 10, very nearly 11 years prior we thought of Heck of the North.”

Enrollment for one weekend from now’s Heck Epic finishes today. The race is as of now full at 70 members yet a holding up list is available to fill undoings.

Enrollment for September’s Heck of the North goes through Sep. 26. The tenth yearly Heck of the North cycling exemplary is set for Sep. 29. with 100 mile, 50-mile and 20-mile rock races set. The 20-mile race is new this year.

Go to or email for more data or to enroll.