France vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup final: France clinched the biggest title in world football on Sunday and players, staff and fans all erupted in celebration after the win. In a hilarious incident, the French players stormed coach Didier Deschamps’ press conference and sprayed him with water.
France defeated Croatia in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday to be crowned champions for the second time in their history. A 4-2 win for the French side took them to a memorable tournament victory, with the first coming all the way back in 1998, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the scenes of joy after the game were a treat to watch.
The players and staff hugged one another, danced, clicked pictures and erupted in joy while celebrating their win, with most of them being reduced to tears. However, perhaps the most memorable scene was the players invading manager Didier Deschamps’ press conference as they sprayed the coach with water while dancing and singing songs of victory.
In a video that has gone viral, players such as Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Benjamin Pavard and Corentin Tolisso can be seen storming the conference, with Pogba apologising cheekily for the damage caused. Watch the video here:
After the match, Deschamps was quick to heap praise on his players and stated that his team had worked incredibly hard and overcome the tragedy of losing the final of the Euros two years ago. “The group worked so hard and we had some tough moments along the way. It hurt so much to lose the Euro two years ago, but it made us learn too,” he said.
“The win is not about me, it’s the players who won the game. For 55 days, we have done a lot of work. It is the supreme coronation. We are proud to be French, to be Blues. The victory in the match belongs to them. Vive le Republic,” added Deschamps.
The 49-year-old also became the member of an elite list, becoming just the third person in history to win the FIFA World Cup as a player and coach. He was the team’s captain during their inaugural World Cup win 20 years ago and now joins Mario Zagallo (1958 and 1962 as player, 1970 as manager) and Franz Beckenbauer (1974, 1990) to achieve this iconic double.