It was a memorable year for sport in 2018, with the World Cup in Russia, a cricketing controversy and Serena Williams’ bizarre outburst grabbing the headlines. France’s forward Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup trophy after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the Moscow final on July 15 AFP Here, AFP Sport takes a look at 10 sporting highlights from the last 12 months: FRANCE WIN WORLD CUP France won the World Cup on Jul 15 in Moscow, beating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring final for 52 years. Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann all hit the target. Mbappe was not even born when France claimed the World Cup on home soil in 1998, their only previous win. Geraint Thomas became the first Welshman to win the Tour de France AFP/Jeff PACHOUD THOMAS TAKES TOUR DE FRANCE Welshman Geraint Thomas savoured the sweetest of Tour de France victories on Jul 29, eclipsing all challengers including Sky teammate Chris Froome, the four-time former winner, in the showcase Champs-Elysees finish to win his maiden Grand Tour title. MOURINHO’S THIRD-SEASON JINX Jose Mourinho’s third-season jinx struck again when he was fired by Manchester United on Dec 18 after a lengthy slump in fortunes… Read full this story
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