Griezmann happy if France win World Cup 'ugly'

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Keane's has cemented his reputation as one of the most outspoken soccer pundits in the ITV Sport studios this summer and he lived up to his billing as he clashed once again with former England striker Ian Wright.

Deschamps has taken France to their second straight major tournament final, giving them the opportunity to make up for their bitter defeat at the hands of Portugal at the Euro 2016 tournament hosted in France.

Local football icon and national team coach Croatia have experienced players and they have played very patient football.

At 1-1 in the first half, a cross from France struck the arm of Ivan Perisic, entirely accidentally given he had no time to react when the ball flicked off the head of a France player.

France, led by the sensational Kylian Mbappe and seasonal Antoine Griezmann were always among the favourites to set the stage on fire. Grizou (Antoine Griezmann), you too.

Similar scenes, reminiscent of the elated celebrations of France's 1998 win, took place around the country.

Referee Nestor Pitana needed the assistance of the Video Assistant Referees to call for the penalty amid protests from the Croats. We are aware of the euphoria in France but we're far from the idea that it's all done.

His blend of young, inexperienced players (right back Benjamin Pavard; left back Lucas Hernandez) and seasoned veterans created a team with both spine and youthful exuberance.

Croatia were rattled and for a moment looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights. France are always unsafe due to their speed.

France are in their third World Cup final after winning in 1998 and losing to Italy in 2006.

Didier Deschamps is on the cusp of emulating Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer who have won the World Cup as a player as well as a manager with Brazil and West Germany respectively.

France were paying $1.40 to win after 90 minutes, extra time or penalties, with Croatia at $2.80.

Just Fontaine, whose tally of 13 goals in the 1958 finals remains a World Cup record, came from Morocco and Zinedine Zidane, arguably the greatest French footballer, was born in Marseille to Algerian parents.

It's safe to say that French World Cup fans are extremely pleased with the addition of VAR for the tournament.