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|World Cup 2018: 10 memorable moments to savour
| sb0bet The 2018 World Cup thrilled and excited in equal measure but what were the standout moments?. France won the World Cup for the second time after beating Croatia 4-2 in a pulsating final in Moscow that included a controversial use of VAR.
Russia 2018 will be remembered as a tournament where football dazzled. Giants of the game suffered early exits, goals flew in late at an astonishing rate and England almost convinced football to come home.
'The Ronaldo game'It was supposed to be all about pre-tournament favourites Spain - but the headlines were grabbed by a familiar name. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner came to the party in a big way, hitting a hat-trick, dragging Portugal to a memorable 3-3 draw in Sochi and reclaiming the centre stage for himself. Those that declared this game the greatest ever in a World Cup wouldn't be too far from the mark.
Messi melts v IcelandAfter Ronaldo's heroics on the Friday, attention turned to Lionel Messi on the Saturday.That pressure seemed to take its toll on the Argentina maverick as he had to endure the ignominy of seeing his penalty saved as his side were held by World Cup newcomers Iceland in their World Cup opener.
Kroos stunnerKnowing anything but victory against Sweden would make it difficult for Germany to qualify from Group F, their time looked up with 95 minutes on the clock and the game locked at 1-1. But one more chance would fall. Thankfully for all football lovers around the world it fell to the class act on the pitch. sb0bet
Germans crash outThe dramatic victory over Sweden had many people fearing that Germany might become unstoppable on their route to the final in Russia. However, in one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, South Korea ended their tournament before the knockout stages.
Batshuayi v postBelgium's 1-0 win over England was a meaningless final group game that will have been forgotten about instantly at the full-time whistle. But you'll struggle to forget Michy Batshuayi's brilliantly yet unfortunate choreographed celebration.
Belgium counter JapanIt was a last 16 encounter that looked one-sided, but ended up producing one of the most exciting comebacks in World Cup history.After an ineffective first half when Belgium's golden generation lacked sparkle in the final third and found their best players restricted by Japan's intensity, Roberto Martinez's men were soon 2-0 down after a swift combo of ruthless attacks by the Japanese. It seemed yet another World Cup upset was on the cards.
Eric ends England's dire runEngland won on penalties at a World Cup for the first time when coming through a dramatic shoot-out against Colombia in the last 16. It had a nation waking up the morning after, asking the question: "did that really happen?"
Mbappe becomes BoltKylian Mbappe had bubbled just under the surface of the World Cup in the group stages.Then the cork came off against Argentina.
Spain stunned by RussiaEvery memorable World Cup needs a host nation to deliver on and off the pitch - Russia took care of that in 2018.After winning two of their Group A encounters, a date with Spain awaited them in Moscow. Few gave them a sniff. However, a defensively-minded Russian side stifled the Spanish, whose prolonged possession was slow-paced and short on risk. Fernando Hierro's men eventually paid the price on penalty kicks.
Kane's 'what if' momentsb0bet England were 22 minutes away from reaching their first World Cup final since 1996 until Croatia dashed those dreams.Ivan Perisic's 68th-minute equaliser forced extra time in a tense semi-final that ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. England took the lead through Kieran Trippier's wonderful fifth-minute free-kick and looked in control of proceedings but squandered big chances to finish Croatia off in the first half.