France's Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy as they celebrate winning the World Cup REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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"The greatest World Cup ever" got the final it deserved when a young, exciting France team swept aside Croatia with a pulsating 4-2 victory and performances that suggested a changing of the guard at the top of the sport.Football, too, can now use this World Cup to focus on the positive and on the future as the sport's governing body FIFA seeks to put behind it the 2015 corruption scandals which scarred the organization's reputation.Right from the opening match when Russia – the lowest-ranked nation to host the tournament (70) – excitement built and, after Ronaldo got a hat-trick as Portugal drew 3-3 with neighboring Spain, mumbles about this being the greatest World Cup started growing.France coach Didier Deschamps, captain of the 1998 side who won on home soil, became the third man to lift the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer.
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