Thunder Clap to thunderstorm: France lift World Cup for a second time in the pouring rain after victory over Croatia and celebrate in Icelandic style... before players storm Didier Deschamps' press conference, drown him in beer and chant his name

16 July 2018 - 09:48

  • France lift World Cup in the middle of a thunderstorm after their 4-2 victory over Croatia on Sunday evening
  • The players, managers and FIFA officials were left sodden as the heavens opened during the trophy ceremony
  • Russia's president Vladimir Putin had someone on hand to hold an umbrella over him and keep him dry
  • France and Croatia presidents, Emmanuel Macron and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, were sodden on the podium
  • Players then gatecrashed Didier Deschamps' press conference and drowned him in booze in celebration 
  • France 4-2 Croatia - REPORT: Martin Samuel files from a rain-drenched Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow

France lifted the World Cup trophy for the second time in their history in a rain-drenched Moscow as the heavens opened during their presentation to leave the players, officials and political dignitaries soaked to the bone.

Russia president Vladimir Putin was the only one to keep dry as he had an assistant at the ready with an umbrella. The same could not be said for his counterparts from France and Croatia, Emmanuel Macron and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic respectively, who both left the podium sodden.

The players did not stop there, however. Just when all appeared to have settled down and Didier Deschamps took to his post-match interview duties, the French squad gatecrashed the press conference before drowning their manager in alcohol and chanting his name as the euphoric celebrations continued. 

Hugo Lloris of France lifts the World Cup trophy to celebrate with his team-mates as the rain pours down in Moscow


Didier Deschamps was soaked by his players during his post-match press conference as celebrations ran wild

Didier Deschamps was soaked by his players during his post-match press conference as celebrations ran wild


Players stormed into the post-match press conference and drenched their manager in beer as they celebrated their triumph

Players stormed into the post-match press conference and drenched their manager in beer as they celebrated their triumph


Deschamps was forced to stop his press conference as he was surrounded by his players following their World Cup win

Deschamps was forced to stop his press conference as he was surrounded by his players following their World Cup win


Benjamin Mendy climbed on top of the table as the players take over proceedings in the post-match press conference

Benjamin Mendy climbed on top of the table as the players take over proceedings in the post-match press conference


The players can barely be seen through the rain but the France players don't let it dampen their spirits as they celebrate

The players can barely be seen through the rain but the France players don't let it dampen their spirits as they celebrate


Manchester City and France defender Mendy makes good use of the water-logged pitch as he holds the trophy

Manchester City and France defender Mendy makes good use of the water-logged pitch as he holds the trophy


Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe make note of the second star that will forever be on the French kit

Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe make note of the second star that will forever be on the French kit


The players celebrate with aplomb as France are handed the World Cup for the second time in their history on Sunday

The players celebrate with aplomb as France are handed the World Cup for the second time in their history on Sunday


Mbappe, 19, holds the shining World Cup trophy as he celebrates becoming one of the youngest winners in its long history

Mbappe, 19, holds the shining World Cup trophy as he celebrates becoming one of the youngest winners in its long history

Earlier, the heavy rain did nothing to dampen celebrations as the French players performed swan-dives on the water-logged pitch as they passed around the golden trophy in front of the world's media. Benjamin Mendy was the first to make use of the rain, sliding with the World Cup in hand towards lucky photographers.

The flash storm came down just as the France players were getting set to step onto the podium, giving the losing Croatia stars the chance to run back to the dressing room. Before then, France had tried to create some thunder of their own with the travelling fans. Inspired by Iceland, who exited the World Cup at the group stage, France players orchestrated a 'Thunder Clap' with their fans.

Made famous by the Icelandics on their run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, the Thunder Clap involves a series of quickening claps and chants. It was a good effort from the French players, but it was difficult to conduct without the man with the drum, who usually dictates the tempo of the claps for the mid-Atlantic island nation.

Meanwhile, Pogba continued to present himself as a family man as he made a beeline for his mother and two brothers, eventually plucking them from the crowd so they could celebrate with him on the pitch. They were even given the chance to hold the trophy itself with Florentin and Mathias taking the chance to kiss it.

There was a touching moment when Griezmann brought his young daughter, Mia, onto the pitch only for her to quickly become overwhelmed by the excitement and burst into tears. If only she was old enough to understand what a contribution her father had made to the match.


Russia president Valdimir Putin stays dry as his FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino (left) takes the brunt of the storm

Russia president Valdimir Putin stays dry as his FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino (left) takes the brunt of the storm


France President Emmanuel Macron embraces Kylian Mbappe next to his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

France president Emmanuel Macron embraces Kylian Mbappe next to his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic


The France players receive their winners' medals from Russian President Putin as the rain tumbles down in Moscow

The France players receive their winners' medals from Russian president Putin as the rain tumbles down in Moscow


L-R: France coaches Gregory Dupont, Guy Stephan, Didier Deschamps and Franck Raviot celebrate with the World Cup

L-R: France coaches Gregory Dupont, Guy Stephan, Didier Deschamps and Franck Raviot celebrate with the World Cup


Goal-scorer Griezmann tries to comfort his daughter Mia after she is overwhelmed by the excitement of the celebrations

Goal-scorer Griezmann tries to comfort his daughter Mia after she is overwhelmed by the excitement of the celebrations


Griezmann kisses the World Cup trophy as the storm appears to subside over the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday evening

Griezmann kisses the World Cup trophy as the storm appears to subside over the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday evening


Pogba shows off his impressive wingspan as he celebrates with the World Cup and a winners' medal around his beck

Pogba shows off his impressive wingspan as he celebrates with the World Cup and a winners' medal around his beck


France's Pogba pulled his mother, Yeo, out of the crowd so she could celebrate with the France team after their triumph

France's Pogba pulled his mother, Yeo, out of the crowd so she could celebrate with the France team after their triumph

Griezmann, who was left in tears at full-time, said: 'I don't know where I am, it is great... Very happy. It was a difficult match. Croatia play a great game.

'We started timidly. We knew it was a World Cup final. We got into the game and on counter attacks, we made the difference. Very happy. We look forward to lifting the cup and taking it to France.'

France were the dominant force in an entertaining final, scoring two goals in either half to seal a 4-2 victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

An own goal from Mario Mandzukic and a penalty from Griezmann put Les Bleus 2-1 ahead at half time with Ivan Perisic scoring a fine goal for the underdogs.

Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe sealed the victory with goals in the second before Mandzukic made up for his own goal with one at the right end. However, it would prove to be a mere consolation.

Celebrations continued in the dressing room with French president Macron invited to join the festivities. Fittingly, bottles of the country's most famous export, champagne, were plentiful and the players shared a glass with the political leader.

There was also room for Dimitri Payet, who was cruelly ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a thigh injury in Marseille's Europa League final defeat by Atletico Madrid. He remains a popular member of the squad, however, and was given the chance to soak up the team's success.

Hernandez (left), Thomas Lemar and Griezmann kiss the trophy as the celebrations continue in France's dressing room

Speaking after their victory, head coach Didier Deschamps said: 'It is really beautiful. It is marvellous. We did not play a great match but we showed a strong mental quality.

'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.'

Deschamps became only the second man to captain and coach a side to World Cup glory.

The France manager lifted the trophy as skipper in Paris 20 years ago and only Franz Beckenbauer, captain of a triumphant West Germany in 1974 and then their coach in 1990, has achieved the feat before.

He had a talented side at his disposal as he rekindled the glory days of 1998, although he had insisted before the game the two teams could not be compared.

'You can't make comparisons, you can't talk about players from 20 years ago,' he said. 'I am here to write a new page in history, the most beautiful page.

'I'm not saying I'm not proud of what we did 20 years ago but one must live in one's times.'


The France players perform the 'Thunder Clap' made famous by Iceland at Euro 2016 following their World Cup final triumph

The France players perform the 'Thunder Clap' made famous by Iceland at Euro 2016 following their World Cup final triumph


Didier Deschamps is thrown by his players after becoming the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach

Didier Deschamps is thrown by his players after becoming the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach


France players celebrate with their national flags as they win the World Cup for the second time in the country's history

France players celebrate with their national flags as they win the World Cup for the second time in the country's history


Paul Pogba (right) celebrates with brothers Mathias (centre) and Florentin (second right) in the stands after the final whistle

Paul Pogba (right) celebrates with brothers Mathias (centre) and Florentin (second right) in the stands after the final whistle


Pogba drapes himself in a banner as he runs off to celebrate France's World Cup win with his team-mates on Sunday evening

Pogba drapes himself in a banner as he runs off to celebrate France's World Cup win with his team-mates on Sunday evening


Antoine Griezmann is left in tears after France seal the World Cup thanks in part to his free-kick and penalty in the first half

Antoine Griezmann is left in tears after France seal the World Cup thanks in part to his free-kick and penalty in the first half


The World Cup trophy is seen being held in the air by a number of hands with golden confetti covering the background

The World Cup trophy is seen being held in the air by a number of hands with golden confetti covering the background


Source: daily mail
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