Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy capped off a brilliant first season in English football with a World Cup winners medal today as France swept aside Croatia in Moscow.
Mario Mandzukic gifted France the lead early on with an unfortunate own-goal, however the forward was spared his blushes soon after when Ivan Perisic struck home a classy equaliser.
Perisic turned from hero to zero just before half-time however as he conceded a controversial penalty that allowed Antoine Griezmann to restore Les Bleus’ lead.
Paul Pogba then made it 3-1 on the hour, before Young Player of the Tournament Kylian Mbappe made it four six minutes later with a fine solo effort from the edge of the box.
Manduzkic then capitalised on a Hugo Lloris howler to set up a nervy finish for Didier Deschamps’ side, however the French held out to lift only their second ever World Cup trophy.
— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) July 15, 2018
Mendy did not feature in the final, but picked up a well deserved winners medal to cap off a brilliant – and at times, frustrating – season.
The France international joined City last summer from AS Monaco and enjoyed a fine start to English football, earning plenty of plaudits for his athletic performances at left-back.
However an injury in late September kept him out till April, when he then returned to help Pep Guardiola’s side lift the Premier League title and the League Cup.
Mendy tweeted after the victory today, saying: Another one in the bag this year. @FIFAWorldCup”, while Manchester City released a statement to congratulate the defender on his historic achievement.
It read: “Everyone at City would like to congratulate Benjamin and the rest of the France squad on winning the trophy.”