Story highlights France crowned world champions Les Bleus beat Croatia 4-2 in final Russia 2018 widely regarded a success (CNN)After 64 matches, 169 goals, 49,651 passes and four red cards, Russia 2018 is over and France was the last team standing. Widely regarded as one of the most entertaining World Cups ever held, thanks to sensational goals, dramatic last-gasp victories and controversies aplenty, it was a tournament which provided many unforgettable moments. France's Ligue 1 and the English Premier League season start in less than a month -- August 10 -- so, to ease the pain of those already dealing with football withdrawal symptoms, here are our top moments from a World Cup to remember. Follow @cnnsport VAR It was perhaps inevitable that the pivotal moment of the final was decided by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). VAR. Neymar. Waistcoats. Penalties. https://t.co/klWWMlJzve pic.twitter.com/vB4pENZPI9— CNN Sport (@cnnsport) July 16, 2018 Read More … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Best moments of Russia 2018
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Story highlights France 4-2 Croatia Victory comes 20 years after first World Cup triumph (CNN)There was to be no final, dramatic twist in a World Cup which has been full of joyous surprises and jaw-dropping late drama. Twenty years after France won the first World Cup in its country's history, a youthful Les Bleus side beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow to win football's most prestigious prize for the second time. Follow @cnnsport This was the highest-scoring final since 1966 and an entertaining climax a wonderful tournament deserved. In 90 high-octane minutes there was a controversial VAR decision, an own goal, record-breaking feats, a pitch invasion and an underdog pushing a heavyweight to its limit. A Mario Mandzukic's own goal and a controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty either side of Ivan Perisic's wonderful long-range strike gave France a 2-1 lead at the break. Arguably, France was undeservedly ahead but by the hour Les Bleus had scored two further goals, through Paul … [Read more...] about France beats Croatia to win World Cup
Story highlights Fans in Croatia party at reaching World Cup final after beating England 2-1 Croatian defender, Lovren, says Croatia has 'big talent' in this year's squad Croatia previously failed to proceed past the group stages since 1988 (CNN)It's been 20 years since Croatia not only burst onto the World Cup scene, but also since they advanced beyond the group stages. And as anticipation has grown each year as to whether Croatia's squad will finally meet the expectations set in France two decades ago, they finally proved themselves -- after a historic win against England during the semifinal on Wednesday. Follow @cnnsport It's the smallest country to reach the World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950, and now, Croatia faces its biggest challenge -- will the team finally be able to win the final against France and lift the World Cup trophy for the first time ever? Croatia's participation in Sunday's final will mark a remarkable staging post in the journey of one of its key … [Read more...] about Dejan Lovren: A child refugee … now he will play in the World Cup final
Story highlights Germany loses to South Korea 2-0 Defending champions exit World Cup in first round Third straight defending champions to fall in group stage Sweden and Mexico progress from group (CNN)The curse of the World Cup winners continues. Follow @cnnsport A "shocked" Germany became the third straight reigning champion to be knocked out in the group stage at the next World Cup -- following Italy and Spain -- after losing 2-0 to South Korea in Group F on Wednesday. In an embarrassingly poor performance Germany went behind in the game's closing stages when Kim Young-gwon scored following a video review, with Son Heung-min then breaking away -- German keeper Manuel Neuer was by this stage in the South Korean half -- to add the second. Just before Germany imploded, defender Mats Hummels fluffed a free header. Had he scored, Germany likely would have staved off elimination. There was joy for South Korea at the World Cup but dejection for holders Germany. That … [Read more...] about Germany crashes out of World Cup
Facebook will now rank news sources by “trustworthiness,” promoting or suppressing content based on this criterion. However, news organizations enlisted to help define what “trustworthy” is seem to reveal a strong political bias. Speaking at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference on Tuesday – a flashy two-day affair of keynote speeches and after-parties for the Silicon Valley elite – Zuckerberg said that the company has already gathered data from users, who it asked to identify various news brands and score them by trust. “We put [that data] into the system, and it is acting as a boost or a suppression, and we’re going to dial up the intensity of that over time,” he said, according to Buzzfeed News. "We feel like we have a responsibility to further [break] down polarization and find common ground.” Facebook, however, has been repeatedly accused of anti-conservative bias in its ranking algorithms. In his hearing … [Read more...] about Facebook will rank news sources by ‘trust’ – but who does Facebook trust?