As France march on to the second round Pogba reminds us of Zidane

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KOCHI: Pogba scored the crucial goal to score a victory over Australia with a shot that rebounded in of the crossbar. The shot reminded everyone of Zidane's first goal in the World Cup final match against Italy in 2006.

 

Malouda was fouled inside the box by Materazzi in the sixth minute. Zidane scored with a paneka that went in off the crossbar, the spin on the ball allowing the ball to cross the line before bouncing out. The referee straight away awarded the goal and hardly looked like he needed a video assistant referee or goal line technology. Materazzi however had much more to do as he scored of a Pirlo corner in the nineteenth minute.

He wasn't finished yet. In the 110th minute Zidane headbutted Materazzi for his taunts, allegedly about his sister. Zidane went out with his name on the red card and France lost the match 5-3 on penalties.

Zidane was awarded the golden ball, a testimony to his fine performance throughout the tournament. The 1998 World Cup was however Zidane's high point when he guided France to world cup glory. He scored twice in France's 3-0 victory over Brazil in the final. He won the Ballon d'or the same year. Two years later he won France the Euro Cup and the Player of the tournament for himself. He was also elected FIFA World Footballer of the Year thrice in 1998, 2000 and 2003.

After a successful playing career Zidane switched to coaching winning three Champions League trophies in his three years at Real Madrid. He resigned a few days after the final feeling there was nothing more he could achieve as a coach at Real Madrid. As France marches on in the 2018 world cup, he will be hoping that Griezmann and others can replicate the success he had achieved in the national side.

France won the first match of the World Cup 2018 against Australia 2-1, Griezmann scoring a penalty and Pogba with the winner. In the second match they scraped through on a 1-0 margin against a spirited Peru. France lost to Portugal in the Euro Cup final two years ago, but they will be hoping for much better luck this time around with many favourites struggling to get through the group stage comfortably.

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