Deschamps praises young France squad after World Cup win

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Didier Deschamps praised France's performance after his side beat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday's World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Mario Manduzkic’s own-goal gave France the lead on the 18th minute before Ivan Perisic crashed home an equaliser after France failed to clear the ball from inside their area.

Antoine Griezmann restored Les Bleus’ advantage just before the break from the penalty spot after Argentine referee Nestor Pitana, with the aid of VAR, gave a harsh spot-kick for a Perisic handball.

Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe extended France’s lead in the second half before Mandzukic made the most of a Hugo Lloris error to give Croatia what turned out to be a consolation.

Speaking about France’s second World Cup win, and first since 1998, Deschamps said: ‘How marvellous! It’s a young team, who are on the top of the world. Some are champions at the age of 19.

‘We did not play a huge game but we showed mental quality. And we scored four goals anyway. They deserved to win.

‘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.

‘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.’

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