World Cup party worth the wait for France

Sports | 11 Sep 2018

France finally celebrated winning the football World Cup with home fans after Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud scored in a 2-1 win over Holland in Paris.

It was Les Bleus' first appearance on home soil since they beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in Moscow last July.

The match was supposed to be part of Uefa's new Nations League but in reality it was just a prelude to World Cup victory celebrations on the pitch in front of almost 80,000 fans. "The victory was the most important thing, so we can have a great party," coach Didier Deschamps said.

The day after beating Croatia, the players were paraded hurriedly down the Champs-Elysees Avenue en route to a reception hosted by President Emmanuel Macron. The rushed nature of those celebrations disappointed the 300,000 fans who took to the streets.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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