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World Cup 2018: Our top 50 moments

(Source: www.telegraph.co.uk)

About that enormous potential for embarrassment… Only the France goalkeeper will know what he was thinking when, with his team cruising, he attempted to turn away from an incoming Mario Mandzukic by, erm, turning towards him.

The subsequent goal could have brought Croatia back into the game but France held firm, and guaranteed Lloris will be able to tell the story with glee at dinner parties for the rest of this life, rather than to a therapist.

3. Ronaldo’s hat-trick

All World Cups need great players to do great things and there are few who intervene more consistently at the crossroads of history than Cristiano Ronaldo, king of the big stage and all that happens on it.

On the day of his 151st cap for Portugal, against Spain, it was one of those moments when he insisted the world stopped what it was doing to watch. Lining up a free-kick for his hat-trick, he hitched up his shorts, shut his eyes for a moment, took a deep breath and then clipped a right-foot shot around the wall so accurately that David de Gea did not even spring for it.

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