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#23 // Hernández → Mbappé France 4 – 1 Croatia

At first glance, more of a goal highlight than an assist.

And maybe so.

Kylian Mbappé—the first 19-year-old to score in a World Cup final since Pelé.

But it’s the last assist of this whole thing.

And, on second glance, one of the very best.

 

 

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#22 // Perišić → Mandžukić Croatia 2 – 1 England

This was the best game of the World Cup.

And one player, the best on the field.

Ivan Perišić.

Out of nothing, header-assisting Croatia into the final.

 

 

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#21 // Lingard → Alli England 2 – 0 Sweden

England, the island of soccer irrationality.

Losing dismally every time this World Cup thing comes around.

While thinking, somehow, this time will be different.

Football mental—or might they be onto something here?

 

 

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#19 Modrić → Rebić Croatia vs. Denmark

Maybe the greatest pass of the 2018 World Cup.

Croatia. Denmark. Round of 16. Extra time. 114th minute.

visionary ball slotted through the gap from Luka Modrić.

A sure goal on the way from Ante Rebić.

And then, that foul. An (outrageously) absent red card.

A missed penalty.

And the assist that wasn’t.

 

 

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#16 // Banega → Messi Argentina 1 – 0 Nigeria

 

These teams arrive in Russia to spend a month on World Cup Island—with the potential to (a) be heroes; or (b) disappoint an entire nation.

Argentina, in the desperate throes of meltdown mode for an entire week, just turned a (b) into the biggest (a) around.

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#14 // Rodriguez → Cuadrado Colombia 3 – 0 Poland

 

Look at the fans in yellow, as they rise.

Seeing what James sees, the open man on the run.

The ball to Cuadrado’s feet. The ball hitting the net.

That 2014 Colombia magic is back.

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