– Duke Jeyaraj
“I have never seen or lived through such a World Cup,” said Coach Didier Deschamps of France!
So would have said the 1 billion people who watched the Final as if they were in a trance!
Six goals were scored in the regulation time and the 78,011 Luzhniki Stadium Crowd did dance!
Following Mario Mandzukic’s headed own-goal, France did make a 1-0 advance,
Within 10 minutes the score became 1-1 thanks to Croatia’s Ivan Perisic’s bullet shot brilliance!
Ivan Perisic was deemed to have to done a ‘handball’ in the box as he tried a ball clearance!
Griezmann slotted in the penalty given via Video Review with his demeanor as cool as ice!
Pogba and Mbappe scored off lip-smacking long-range shots that lifted France to the skies!
When Mandzukic scored – helped by a careless goalie dribbling – poaching on a half-chance,
4-2 it was and this plunging the punching-above-their-weight Croatia into despondence,
Their President Kolinda Kitarovic, Player of the Tournament, Moderic, held in tight embrace!
France’stop-talents ‘were willing to sublimate their individual games to a collective mission’ – those were, about this Final, Andrew Das’ lines of magnificence!
Lines which reminded me of Jesus who was willing to do the ‘ultimate sublimation’, leaving the glory of heaven and become Flesh, for the grander-goal of our sin-deliverance!
Jesus’ death on the shameful Cross opened the door for peace, joy and forgiveness-assurance!