World Cup 2018: Weird trophy presentation caps very good match
The World Cup is over for one more 4 years and the match’s grand finale did not disappoint.
France received the largest prize in soccer for the second time by overcoming Croatia 4-2 in an exciting last in Moscow.
However as soon as the ultimate whistle had gone, the chaos of the presentation ceremony acquired underneath method… finally.
It took greater than 20 minutes after the tip of the match for the trophy to emerge from the tunnel, leaving the groups to face awkwardly on the pitch awaiting the ceremony.
Having already had a pitch invasion earlier within the match, the Russian organisers have been clearly taking no possibilities with safety.
Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm carried the long-lasting trophy onto the pitch and the formalities have been in a position to proceed.
Russia president Vladimir Putin, France president Emmanuel Macron and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the Croatia president, arrived onto the sphere with the remainder of the presentation get together.
And with that, the storm that had been threatening to interrupt the entire match erupted.
Putin did not appear perturbed – in all probability as a result of he had a person holding an umbrella over his head the entire time, whereas his French and Croatian counterparts have been getting soaked.
Neither Macron nor Grabar-Kitarovic appeared to thoughts. They have been busy embracing every participant individually – no matter nationality – and so they appeared to be totally having fun with themselves.
As soon as the formal medal-giving had ended, it was time for the trophy to be handed to France captain Hugo Lloris.
The gamers have been poised, the digicam operators have been in place and the trophy was able to be lifted.
That is the second that can be throughout each information bulletin on this planet – do not mess it up.
And what occurs? The digicam’s view of Lloris’ huge second was obscured by males in fits strolling previous on the precise second he raised the World Cup above his head.
Someplace in Moscow, there is a Russian TV director screaming right into a pillow.
All in all, it was a moderately complicated finish to what was a splendidly unpredictable World Cup.
And the rain which prompted the gold ticker-tape to stay to the gamers’ pores and skin has little doubt given newspapers throughout Europe some type of “golden technology” headline for Monday’s papers.