World Cup 2018 final: Russian punk band invades pitch. Watch video

first_imgFour streakers invaded the pitch during the 53rd minute of the 2018 FIFA World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.They ran onto the pitch few minutes after France’s Hugo Lloris made a save from Croatia’s Ante Rebic’s shot in the 53rd minute and kept running towards the half-way mark before the stewards apprehended them.Security personnel reacted slowly initially as the quartet, all identically dressed in white shirts, black trousers and black hats, ran on to the field from behind the French goal, trying to high-five players.Croatia defender Dejan Lovren shoved one person to the ground before security personnel carried them off.The interruption lasted no longer than two minutes, with play resuming at the 52-minute mark.Also read – Usain Bolt, Sourav Ganguly in Moscow The intruders tried to high-five the players during the match (Reuters Photo)Few moments later, Russian punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion.”Hello everyone from the Luzhniki pitch, it’s cool here!” they wrote in posts on their Twitter and Facebook accounts almost immediately after the event.Also read – Will Smith, Nicky Jam shine at closing ceremonyEight years ago, a man wearing an anti-racism T-shirt ran on to the pitch minutes before the start of the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg and came very close to grabbing the trophy which was on display.France Vs Croatia 2018 World Cup WOW Intruder #FranceVsCroatia #FRACROxMTV #CRO Royal Guy (@theroyalguy2017) July 15, 2018However, the break stopped Croatia’s momentum in the game as they chased the match 2-1. And it cost them dearly. France, who were already 2-1 up after half-time, fell behind by one more goal six minutes later and another Kylian Mbappe stunner from out of the box.advertisementPaul Pogba put his name into the history books with a perfect finish from outside the box. Les Bleus broke away and his first shot was blocked and the Manchester United man then used Luka Modric as a shield to sweep a left-footer into the net with Danijel Subasic unsighted to give France a two-goal lead.Five minutes later, Mbappe had his moment of history, when he smashed a shot past the AS Monaco keeper from outside the box to give France a a three-goal cushion. Mbappe found a pocket of space outside the Croatia area and he picked out the bottom left corner with a bouncing finish past the goalkeeper.However, they were given a ray of hope when Hugo Lloris made a silly error that handed Croatia a second goal. The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper looked to pass the ball and had a torrid touch that allowed the pressing Mario Mandzukic to pass the ball into the net and give Croatia a lifeline in the 69th minute.But after that, no goals were scored and France went onto beat Croatia 4-2 to win the match and lift their second World Cup.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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