France won the World Cup, with their stars Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé on the scoresheet, but Croatia will feel very hard done-by, thanks to an own goal, and VAR.
Croatia were the better side in the first half but fell behind when Griezmann dived to win a freekick, which the unfortunate Mario Mandzukic headed past his own keeper. A fine goal from Ivan Perisic got Croatia back on terms.
But then the ball hit Perisic on the hand, the referee went over to the side of the pitch to check VAR, and awarded a penalty that was, at best, dubious. Griezmann nervelessly slotted it away.
After half-time, the French pulled away thanks to a strike from Pogba, only for a terrible blunder from Hugo Lloris to let Croatia back into the match. He tried to dribble past Mandzukic and the big striker had the simplest tap-in.
However, Mbappé scored to settle the matter and give France their second World Cup.
Shearer is still raging about VAR
“It wasn’t brought in for entertainment, it was brought in for clear and obvious errors like Maradona’s handball!”
Ferdinand on Pogba
“Pogba was immense, pressure on, he’s got to come to the fore. He’s had a tough season, it’s down to Jose now to unlock the Pogba we saw here.”
Celebrations in the stands
Croatia players go to applaud the fans. Griezmann is in tears on the pitch as he goes towards France supporters, Mandzukic looks absolutely no different to any time. I’m not sure he either knows what emotions are or is prepared to express them. “It’s a sign of weakness,” he probably says.
A little stat for you
France are the first to score four in a World Cup final since Brazil in 1970.
I think someone needs to reset Guy Mowbray
“Tonight in Paris, they’re going to party like it’s 1998!”
What are you talking about Guy
90 mins+5 - France 4 Croatia 2
France are seconds away… the stadium is alive with noise and a buzz… Croatia keep coming but they know. Time’s up. Lloris catches the ball and gets ready to hit it. This will be it.
90 mins+4 – France 4 Croatia 2
POGBA MUST SCORE! How has he missed?! The ball – somehow – lands at Pogba’s feet, in space, in the middle of the box! He misses the ball! How do either of those things happen at this stage in a World Cup final?
Pogba wins a goal kick soon after… and I think Croatia know their goose is fully cooked. That’s one tasty goose.
90 mins+2 – France 4 Croatia 2
France fans think they’ve won. They’re dancing in the stands, bouncing as they sing. Croatia come forward, Rakitic makes a bad pass and Mbappe is away! Pogba helps out… tries a bit of skill in the box but doesn’t pull it off.
Vrsaljko comes flying in to take Griezmann out with a slide tackle. They’re club mates so it’ll be OK. He doesn’t really connect either but since it’s at such high pace the tackle looks bad.
Yellow for the Croatia right-back.
90 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Croatia hitting long searching balls to try and get back into this one, France just clear their lines each time. Pogba wins a free-kick in the centre of the pitch… France are minutes away from winning the World Cup.
89 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Lloris punts the ball to Subasic, Croatia come back as France sit deep. Allez les bleus can be heard around the stadium, Croatia pushing everyone forward. Vida is a left winger now.
Rakitic tries a 20 yard effort which is always going wide and high. He looks knackered.
88 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Pogba takes his time over a free-kick, Fekir tries an optimistic effort from 30 yards, Croatia go again. They’re running out of time.
Perisic floats a cross in… Lloris catches easily.
Less time remaining.
87 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Remember when you were little and you thought adults were just so grown up, and people in charge of countries – boy they must be so smart! Here’s a photo of modern international diplomacy:
85 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Rakitic is so furious with the referee’s decision not to allow his quick free-kick that he falls to the floor. Pogba goes down in the area from the free-kick… but I have no idea why. He’s fine. Shenanigans.
83 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
France are a 4-5-1 now with Mbappe the central striker. Croatia put Pjaca on for Strinic, who has picked up an injury.
81 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Mbappe runs with the ball, Croatia’s centre-backs retreat and look scared… but Mbappe just appears to not know what to do and forgets how to dribble! He ends up leaving it behind himself and falls to the ground. Croatia survive and try to stretch the pitch with the full-backs high and wide.
Best defender in the world Dejan Lovren tries a low cross/shot thing which is booted away by the France defence.
Deschamps takes Giroud off and sends on Fekir. Giroud hasn’t scored a single goal at the World Cup.
79 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
This is what France look like now:
They’ve survived another scare as a cross isn’t cleared properly and Rakitic shoots from outside the area. He doesn’t connect properly though and it bobbles wide of goal.
77 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Giroud controls a throw-in and thumps his pass out of play. Poor. Croatia come forward, Rakitic turns Pogba inside out and then Modric takes over. Croatia are doubling up in wide areas but France are in their super defensive shape now, trying to deny any space in their half whatsoever.
75 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Vrsaljko has found space on the right, Perisic is ahead of him and crosses in… it’s cleared, Croatia keep up the pressure. They have an overlap on the left, Strinic crosses and France can’t break. Really good defending by Croatia high in France’s half.
Vrsaljko tries a shot from 30 yards which… it just isn’t very good. Let’s leave it at that.
73 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Mandzukic’s forearm rolls over the top of Umtiti’s forehead… Umtiti is immediately in mortal danger and goes down howling about the unbearable pain he is being put through. Mandzukic too is worryingly close to death, having rolled his forewarm over the forehead of Umtiti. Will they survive this tragedy? Will the world ever forget these two brave souls? A collision that has ended both their lives, a shocking, horrible, tear-inducing accident? Will they abandon the game perhaps? Cancel football forever? Didn’t you see the collision?! His arm touched his head! HIS SKULL, KAREN! DIDN’T YOU SEE HIM TOUCH HIS SKULL?!
Both players are fine.
71 mins - France 4 Croatia 2
Andre Kramaric comes on for Ante Rebic. He gives some tactical instructions to Rakitic once on the pitch.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?!! Mandzukic has scored thanks to the stupidest bit of goalkeeping you’ll see in a World Cup final ever.
Lloris can just knock the ball away but tries to nutmeg Mandzukic inside his own six yard box. Mandzukic just sticks a leg out and scores. Idiotic.
68 mins - France 4 Croatia 1
Well. I think this one might be done now. Croatia’s hearts will haven fallen out the bottom of their shorts after that one. How are you supposed to score three against France in 20 minutes? 🙁
MBAPPE HAS SCORED!!!!
The first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele! Hernandez beats Mandzukic, plays a pass inside and Vida’s defending is useless. He swings a leg at it, Mbappe buries the shot in the bottom corner from 25 yards. Superb. What a player this boy is.
64 mins - France 3 Croatia 1
That’s one of the pitch invaders. Seems happy about it. I wouldn’t be, they’re literally dragging her into the dungeon beneath the stadium right now.
63 mins - France 3 Croatia 1
But there’s still this feeling that Croatia aren’t quite out of this yet. Manager Zlatko Dalic looks genuinely quite sad on the touchline .
Perisic completely bins Hernandez – a clear obstruction – but the referee waves play on.
61 mins - France 3 Croatia 1
And the prize for best commentary goes to: Guy Mowbray, who shouts “COMETH THE MAN!” after that Pogba goal. Martin Keown then goes “I bet Mourinho wants to buy him now, even though he’s already got him”.
What the hell does that mean?
WHAT A STRIKE FROM POGBA!
The pass from Pogba is sensational – the best I’ve seen in this tournament. Mbappe sprints onto it, cuts back and plays the ball inside, Griezmann controls with some keepy-ups then sets him up for a shot. The first slams back off a defender and then Pogba takes the rebound on his left and curls it into the back of the net. Subasic is beaten and France have a commanding lead!
59 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
Perisic takes on Pavard, beats him and crosses from near the line. The ball is just too high in the air for Mandzukic to attack.
Pogba has just hit the pass of the tournament. That’s incredible. Mbappe runs onto it, France might be in here! France have men over, POGBA IS THERE!
58 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
Nzonzi has come on for Kante, which seems like a weird one to me. I can only imagine it’s because he’s on a yellow and France are going to have to make a few more yellow card tackles to get through the rest of this one. Croatia are really in control of the ball.
56 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
Strinic wins a tackle superbly on the left, Croatia pour forward.
54 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
Security guards run onto the grass immediately to tackle the pitch invaders and grab them all very quickly. And it’s off to the Gulag for them. Well done lads, you’ll enjoy your lifetime in a Russian prison.
Meanwhile, in the football, a cross is sent into the area and LLORIS MISSES THE PUNCH! CAN MANDZUKIC SCORE? No! He doesn’t get enough contact on the ball and France survive. Lloris might have hurt himself a wee bit with that collision.
52 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
Croatia have France penned in and they just can’t get out! Pogba carries the ball and sends it long towards Mbappe – he’s so quick! You can basically see fire coming out of his heels as he sprints past Vida, holds him off showing great balance and is just too close to Subasic to score past him at such a narrow angle.
Aaaaand some toolbags have run onto the pitch. About three people in fancy dress have managed to get past security to run onto the pitch.
50 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
Croatia are right in this! Mandzukic breezes past a challenge on the left, moves inside but just doesn’t have enough drive about him to really cause problems with his shot/cross thing.
The corner ends up with Vrsaljko punting a volley miles wide of goal. France are shaking!
49 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
REBIC! GREAT SAVE LLORIS!
Rakitic rides a tackle and slips the ball in behind the defence, Rebic comes onto it and hits at a narrow angle with power! Lloris tips the ball over. Modric takes the corner but Rebic puts it out for a goal kick while battling with Hernandez.
The ball is hit long from the defence and OH ME OH MY Croatia have a chance here! Lloris comes off his line! He has to be careful here! He is, and controls on his chest outside the area!
47 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
France a little more forward thinking here and push higher up the pitch… but Matuidi has been caught on the ball and Croatia send men up the pitch. Vrsaljko crosses in but it’s not great and Lloris can smother.
France hit towards Giroud, he sets up Griezmann… who shoots… but Subasic saves in the middle of his goal.
The BBC’s goal of the tournament competition has broken
Some absolute pingers in this World Cup. Lionel Messi vs Nigeria for me, Belgium’s counter-attack against Japan in second and Pavard’s incredible slice-volley in third.
The BBC show all the goals… then Lineker reveals that the system has gone down so you can’t vote.
Ohhhh the controversy
Griezmann dived for the France free-kick
Rio Ferdinand has pointed out that the defensive line is far too deep from Croatia for this free-kick. Martin Keown was saying the same on co-commentary.
The little Croatia ghosts are where they actually lined up, and the human Croatia men are where they should’ve been. By dropping too deep they don’t give Subasic a chance to react – it’s too close to the goalie.
Alan Shearer on the referee decisions
“There’s no way that ridiculous decision can decide a cup final like this. Croatia have dominated and are losing from a free-kick which was never a free-kick and a penalty which was never a penalty.”
France have the lead with their two goals, despite having only taken one shot on goal!
The thing is… Croatia have probably been the better side. This isn’t over. Not at all.
45 mins+2 - France 2 Croatia 1
Rakitic takes his third corner in a row AND VIDA IS THERE! SO CLOSE! Vida connects but just can’t get enough on the ball to turn it towards goal. France survive.
Thunder can be heard loud and clear over the stadium – there’s a storm coming!
45 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
The ball comes in and comes off a France defender… and goes wide of the goal. Another corner…France don’t seem happy dealing with these set pieces.
Umtiti goes down and stays down, Croatia play on… and are right to do so. He gets some medical attention having survived the collision with Mandzukic (I think) but will be OK to continue. That’s why you don’t stop playing when you have momentum and someone sits on the ground with an injury.
43 mins - France 2 Croatia 1
The ball rolls back to Subasic and he’s missed it! Ooooohhhhhh if he had been five yards further back that was a hugely embarrassing own goal. The goalkeeper gets away with it.
Umtiti pushes Mandzukic to the floor and Croatia have another free-kick in the France final third. The big lads come up for it, Modric prepares to cross into the area.
It’s long to the back post…. headed back and lands with Lovren! He absolutely batters a shot at goal but it hits Pogba and goes behind for a corner.
41 mins – France 2 Croatia 1
MANDZUKIC! Croatia nearly hit them back straight away! The cross comes in but Croatia players just can’t react in time inside the box!
Mbappe is sent away down the right and completely bins about three players with his turn of pace, then his low cross causes a bit of panic. Croatia then attack and Hernandez is booked for a foul on Rebic.
The ball goes bottom left, Subasic dives bottom right, France have the lead again!
PENALTY TO FRANCE
Croatia surround the referee after the penalty decision… but he’s seen the incident and made the right (if incredibly harsh) call. Subasic faces up to Griezmann, the referee tells him to go away.
The referee looks for a good couple of minutes… goes back again… the tension is building…
IT’S A PENALTY!
VAR PENALTY CHECK!
The referee is going over to look at the incident! There might be a penalty to France here!
34 mins - France 1 Croatia 1
Mandzukic is winning his aerial battles and Umtiti does not like him. Lloris catches Rebic’s cross and then hoofs the ball up the other end of the pitch to Mbappe. Vida heads behind for a corner. End to end play with one pass from France. Route One works sometimes.
Griezmann will deliver an in-swinger here. Matuidi runs across the near post… SO CLOSE! Ohhhh and there’s controversy! France want a penalty! The ball comes off Perisic’s hand.
I think that’s harsh… the referee’s having a little think about it.
32 mins - France 1 Croatia 1
That goal makes the game way more interesting. Croatia are back in charge and taking the match to France.
PERISIC HAS SCORED! WHAT A HIT!!!!!!
WWOWOWOWOWOW! The free-kick comes in, it’s headed back across goal, Vida lays it back and Perisic’s first touch is brilliant! He pulls the ball away from a tackle, sets himself up and then batters a low volley at goal! A tiny deflection takes it past Lloris and Croatia are level!
28 mins - France 1 Croatia 0
Kante is booked! Perisic looks a real threat here. He controls the ball well, runs between players and Kante catches him a little to stop the move. Devious defending.
26 mins - France 1 Croatia 0
Ooooh controversial scenes. Croatia have free-kick wide left, it’s crossed in and Mandzukic is clearly held by Pogba! He goes to ground under Pogba’s attentions but nobody seems to even protest too much! France get away with one there.
24 mins - France 1 Croatia 0
The previous highest number of own goals in a World Cup was in 1998 when there were six. Clumsy.
France have cooled down a little now and seem calmer on the ball… but Mbappe might be away here! A brilliant pass forward sends him away and it’s two on one, slightly right of the goal. Vida comes flying across and clears the danger. Absolutely brilliant defending.
22 mins - France 1 Croatia 0
A record 12 own goals in this tournament now and that one plays directly into France’s hands. They want to counter-attack, now they can sit back and do exactly that.
Croatia have their own free-kick wide right now, Modric stands over it… and Vida smashes a header over the bar.
GRIEZMANN HAS SCORED!
Or is that an own goal? It is! Oh the poor guy. Mandzukic jumps to block the shot and ends up turning it into his own net. There’s nothing Subasic can do about it!
18 mins - France 0 Croatia 0
Great work by Giroud. He collects in the final third, works hard and uses his strength and balance to hold of Rakitic and keeps possession. Mbappe dribbles past Rakitic into the box but the low cross is booted away… Griezmann looks for contact and goes down when he gets it. France have a free-kick about 25/30 yards out slightly right of goal. Griezmann fancies it.
16 mins - France 0 Croatia 0
Perisic is away! He has the entire left of the pitch to run into… sprints to the box and has men in the area to cross to! Umtiti watches the move well and blocks. Croatia are in total control here – France have not started well.
Perisic has gone down off the ball and Hernandez appears to be at fault. He’s accidentally collided with the Croatia winger and given him a wee knock.
14 mins – France 0 Croatia 0
Varane sends a horrible pass out to Mbappe. It’s hit too fast and is bobbling and Mbappe struggles to control – he’s lucky that Perisic can’t steal the ball off him and run down that left side.
12 mins – France 0 Croatia 0
It’s early in the game but this is telling:
France will have prepared for this though. They’re all about absorbing pressure and pinging up the other end of the pitch.
Perisic runs in behind Varane into the box and takes the ball down… or almost does. That would have been a massive chance if his control hadn’t juuuust gotten away from him.
France are in Croatia’s half now! A throw-in high up the pitch gives them a chance to move into their attacking shape.
10 mins - France 0 Croatia 0
Giroud heads the corner away, Croatia keep up the pressure. Mandzukic is beaten to a header, Pogba tries to start the counter-attack and Rebic fouls him immediately, Modric kicks the ball forward so France can’t restart quickly. Croatia have a clear gameplan. Press high, foul if France look like they might even consider countering and shift the ball wide.
8 mins - France 0 Croatia 0
Mbappe leaves space for Strinic to attack and Rakitic finds him with a clever little chipped pass. Croatia are using the wings to attack, all the play is coming from wide.
The throw comes in and Strinic strolls into the box! Mbappe recovers and steps in to block the cross! France need to wake up.
6 mins - France 0 Croatia 0
Croatia look really up for this early on and aren’t showing nerves! They’ve started with a spark are making France work early on. Umtiti is closed down quickly and France get a goal kick. Umtiti is fouled by Mandzukic as he brings the ball out from the back. Croatia are intent on disrupting France’s buildup play.
4 mins - France 0 Croatia 0
Modric catches Hernandez and gives away another free-kick… but Pavard’s been caught out by Perisic! He skips past him down the left, France sprint to get back… but Perisic can’t dribble his way past the centre-backs and Croatia have a throw high up the pitch. Strinic comes to take it… Mbappe clears as Mandzukic can’t keep the thing under control.
2 mins – France 0 Croatia 0
Croatia start well, try and get some touches of the ball, France win possession and pass around a bit. Umtiti tries to go past Modric – this is dangerous! Croatia’s high press nearly pays off early on but Modric fouls Umtiti.
National anthem time
Man, the French national anthem is just an absolute winner, isn’t it? What a tune. Loud singing, the players really go for it, France flags are waved all around.
Croatia fans are loud! Hand on heart singing from the players and the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. Small country, big noise.
Here come the players
It’s the World Cup final! The players are on their way. Mbappe looks calm, Perisic looks pumped. And now the players are out on the pitch. Can you even imagine how nervous they must be?
Ronaldinho is playing the drums!
Now this is a ceremony!
Ronaldinho massively upstages Will Smith with that cameo on the drums. Also now the answer to the quiz question: which Brazilian played at two 21st century World Cup finals 16 years apart?
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) July 15, 2018
Key players today
For Croatia, Modric and Rakitic are the ones who set the tempo, control the game and make the team work. Ivan Perisic is their most dangerous player though and will give Benjamin Pavard a difficult game. He’s an attacking winger who has power and strength – the kind of player who can dribble past you on his way to making a cross, or comes steaming in at the back post to blast a header past the goalkeeper.
For France, most of the attacks will be done on the counter and will be lead by Mbappe. Kante is needed to win the ball, Pogba is the one who turns defence into attack and Mbappe can destroy defences if he’s able to get on the ball.
Dario Simic (ex Croatia player)
“I’m very proud, we’re a small country, very young, for us this is big big thing.
“It’s not easy to become finalist, we have the great player who plays for great team and I think we deserve the final. We play the best football.
“I think Modric is the best player of this tournament but we must say Kante and Pogba play very good football. I am optimist, for us everything is going good to win this tournament.”
The BBC pundits are chatting about what England need to do next. Predictably it’s all about how clubs in the Premier League need to trust their youngsters and start actually playing them. Jurgen Klinsmann brings up a really good point and says that clubs can’t roll the red carpet out for these young players – they have to be nasty, show determination and drive and earn those starting positions. The best usually make it.
Mbappe broke into the Monaco first team because he was good enough. Kane only made the Spurs starting XI because he was good enough. Loftus-Cheek is a fairly unique example because Chelsea is a farce when it comes to bringing through youth players but he should have done enough this summer to earn a starting place. That said, can you really see Maurizio Sarri risking his job on getting Loftus-Cheek up to speed?
Game of the tournament?
France were incredible in this game but for pure entertainment, nerve-shredding tension and just as a great showing of sport, I’ve nominated this as my favourite of the entire World Cup:
There are some interesting characters at the final
Terrifying. Imagine waking up and this is in your room, just staring at you. There are about 20 photos of this girl in the photo database (gee, I wonder why) as opposed to the usual ratio of three photos per random crowd member.
And I don’t know what’s going on here.
Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot (almost)
Not yet… but unless Mbappe or Griezmann score a hat-trick today, Kane will officially be the top scorer in the World Cup.
It’s an incredible achievement, especially when you consider that not only has he not been very good, he’s also actually been quite bad. And his goals are three penalties, a deflection off his heel, a tap-in and a back post header. The last one was actually really well taken. The penalties were impressive too.
And joking aside, it really is a phenomenal bit of work by Kane to win it. If he does…
Ahh good. They have grass here. This will make the football easier.
Didier Deschamps is wearing his, “what do I want to order” face from his bi-monthly Burger King visit.
Someone needs to remind Infantino he’s not a real president
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (yes, I Googled it) is with Vladimir Putin and Gianni Infantino, who is wearing his expensive president clothes today because he is the president of FIFA. His wife’s made him a little packed lunch and sent him on his way. “I’m a president you know!” he says. He leaves. She sits down. It is quiet. Is it too early for wine? Yes. But it’s getting earlier all the time.
Keeping the World Cup safe
These guys look like the kind of hired goon easily deceived by a ‘surprise package’ being delivered to the cell, by someone posing to be a post-man but who is actually executing a cunning plan. They answer the door then someone puts a barrel over their heads and our cartoon hero escapes with the prize after making a witty comment. Something like, “looks like you’re having a barrel of laughs!” then he winks at the camera and zips off.
How the teams will lineup
France are a 4-3-3/4-5-1, Croatia more of a 4-1-4-1. Really, they’re both 4-3-3.
France will be defensive, sit deep and look to attack down the right wing with Kylian Mbappe, Giroud will annoy the centre-backs and Kante will win turnovers to help assist with the counter-attack match strategy.
Croatia will have a fair amount of the ball and almost definitely focus their play down the left wing to exploit the young Pavard and Mbappe’s defensive mind. Will Mbappe commit to blocking their route to goal? Or will he be on full show-off/attack only mode?
Rakitic and Modric will – of course – be key to Croatia getting control of the game, Vrsaljko will overlap a lot of the time to provide width on the right. Brosovic sits deep to protect the defence and guard against counter-attacks.
Who’s been your player of the tournament?
The obvious answer is Luka Modric but Kylian Mbappe has been the most exciting to watch. Incredibly quick, ridiculously skillful and always makes the right decisions. He’s 19.
It really is a World Cup final
Uruguay and Argentina
And for some reason there are a bunch of people in Croatia tops too, as though people think Croatia would ever really reach a World Cup fina… ahhh I see.
It’s the World Cup final!
Woooooooow it’s here. The World Cup Final. The big one – the biggest one of all! And we’re here. FOOTBALL IS HERE!
The last World Cup was pretty boring and if France and Croatia could avoid that happening again, I’d be pretty pleased about it. The sun is shining, the players are excited, I’m excited, you’re excited – we’re all excited. But will the game be any good?
Croatia deserved to beat England and were the better team… but England aren’t actually that good so it’s a little hard to tell what level they’re at. Luka Modric is the best player in the competition but Kylian Mbappe is a close second and N’Golo Kante probably in there at third… and Antoine Griezmann has scored three times without ever really seeming to have done anything. France have an incredible team and play in a style that makes them stupidly hard to beat.
Self-proclaimed best defender in the world Dejan Lovren (what) will have a tough time against Olivier Giroud today (assuming he starts) but it’s the full-backs who will really be challenged. Croatia rely heavily on Sime Vrsaljko on their right side but with Griezmann his direct opponent today, he needs to be really careful what he gets up to.
Paul Pogba is due a goal and has been brilliant in this France setup, playing like a Jose Mourinho dream. Defending, positional discipline, amazing through-balls, quick transitions – he’s everything a Pogba should be and more and could do wonders for his reputation with a stellar performance today.
It would be a shock if Croatia did win. They’d beat France about one time out of every five if forced to constantly play them and Didier Deschamps’ cautious approach is designed to ensure there are no mistakes which facilitate such surprises. Will today be one of those five times? Am I wrong? Nobody knows! But we’re going to find out soon.
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