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16th Jul 2018

People have noticed something about two of France’s goals in the World Cup final

France took full advantage of it

Reuben Pinder

Not to piss on their parade, but…

France won the World Cup yesterday afternoon, beating Croatia 4-2 in a game that was wide open from start to finish.

It was a game decided on fine margins. The first goal, a result of Antoine Griezmann going down very easily, went in with the help of a deflection from Mario Mandžukić. France’s second goal was also fortunate for them, as the referee dithered over the penalty decision for a long time before eventually giving it.

But it was their third and fourth goals that really caught people’s eye. Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba put the game to bed with strikes from outside the penalty area, leaving Croatia little chance of levelling the score again, but the goals were arguably made to look better than they were.

Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subašić failed to dive properly in order to stop either shot, as he looked resigned to conceding almost every shot that came towards him. His failure to save these shots wasn’t due to a lack of effort though, as the Monaco man was carrying an injury from the quarter-finals, as many viewers pointed out:

Towards the end of extra time in Croatia’s quarter-final against Russia, Subašić suffered a muscle injury that limited his mobility, but was determined to play through the following matches for his country.

Croatia made it through against England despite his lack of fitness but it France were able to expose his lack of mobility a lot more, shooting from distance knowing he wouldn’t be able to dive as well as usual.