The World Cup final was all about the drama it produced! Six goals, one own goal, three beautiful goals and in the end, contrasting images of euphoria and heartbreak.
The progression of the match was also surreal. Croatia were on top of the game yet it were France who got the first goal, courtesy Mario Mandzukic’s own goal.
That lead stayed barely for 10 minutes as Ivan Perisic scored off a beautiful strike. From hero to zero it turned out to be then as Perisic’s handball lead to a VAR review and then penalty. Antoine Griezmann slotted home from the spot calmly and France went into the break with a 2-1 lead.
Come the second half, France turned up in the game and how! They controlled the midfield, launched attacks and put Croatia in consistent trouble. Soon in the 59th minute they had the goal through Paul Pogba. The riot continued with Kylian Mbappe scoring in the 65th minute.
Four minutes later, Mandzukic did get one back, courtesy a blunder from Hugo Lloris but in the end, France had done enough.
However, amidst all this footballing drama, the audience got a dose of pitch invasion as well.
During the 53rd minute of the final, four streakers invaded the pitch at the Luzniki Stadium. Russian punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ claimed responsibility for that later.
hey ran onto the pitch few minutes after France’s Hugo Lloris made a save from Croatia’s Ante Rebic’s shot in the 53rd minute and kept running towards the half-way mark before the stewards apprehended them.
Security personnel reacted slowly initially as the quartet, all identically dressed in white shirts, black trousers and black hats, ran on to the field from behind the French goal, trying to high-five players.
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren shoved one person to the ground before security personnel carried them off.
However, it did not go unnoticed that a female pitch invader and Mbappe shared a high-five. A picture that has since gone viral.
News credit : Indiatoday