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Monday, July 13, 1998 Published at 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK

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France triumph

Victorious - Zidane, Desailly and Blanc hold the World Cup

France 3-0 Brazil

The nation that invented the World Cup has finally won it.

Deschamps holds aloft the World Cup
France marched to their first title, outplaying the favourites in the Stade de France.

Midfielder Zinedine Zidane's two first-half headers sent them on their way before Emmanuel Petit sealed it in the final minute.

Petit makes it three - and it's all over
The hosts outplayed the lacklustre former champions and even held out for the last quarter of the match with 10 men after Marcel Desailly was sent off.

Brazil were not a shadow of the side that reached the final with style and arrogance. Striker Ronaldo hardly had a kick.

Instead the heroes wore blue. They were crowned champions when President Jacques Chirac presented the trophy to captain Didier Deschamps.

Zidane puts France ahead (BBC Radio 5 Live)
Zidane struck first on 27 minutes, rising above Leonardo to meet Petit's right-wing corner.

It was Zidane's first goal of the tournament and the first World Cup final goal from open play since 1986.

Zidane heads number two
And he made it two a minute before the break, timing a late run to lose the markers and convert another Petit corner - this time from the other wing.

Stunned Brazil reacted by bringing on Denilson for Leonardo after the break and they finally began to enjoy possession in the French half.

[ image: Celebrations for Zidane]
Celebrations for Zidane
Ronaldo controlled a cross to the back post after a short free-kick and seemed set to score, but France keeper Fabien Barthez clutched onto his angled drive.

Desailly then cleared Bebeto's shot off the line after Barthez flapped at a cross.

Desailly is sent off
But the defender became the third player to be sent off in a World Cup final for his second booking after a foul on Cafu.

France should have had a more comfortable run-in but failed to take golden chances to stretch their lead.

Striker Stephane Guivarc'h pulled a miserable shot from 12 yards off target on 63 minutes with nobody around him.

He had also been denied by keeper Tafarrel in the first half after being put through one-on-one.

[ image: Petit makes it safe]
Petit makes it safe
Guivarc'h was taken off but his replacement, Christophe Dugarry, was also guilty of a howler with seven minutes left, dragging a shot wide with just the keeper to beat.

But Petit sealed victory, slotting a pass from Arsenal colleague Patrick Vieira beyond Taffarel's dive after Dugarry had charged out of defence.


Brazil: Taffarel, Cafu, Junior Baiano, Aldair, Roberto Carlos, Dunga (captain), Cesar Sampaio (Edmundo, 75), Rivaldo, Leonardo (Denilson, 46), Bebeto, Ronaldo.

France: Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Frank Leboeuf, Bixente Lizarazu, Christian Karembeu (Alain Boghossian, 58), Didier Deschamps (captain), Zinedine Zidane, Emmanuel Petit, Youri Djorkaeff (Patrick Vieira, 76), Stephane Guivarc'h (Christophe Dugarry, 66).

Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco).

Booked: Junior Baiano (33), Didier Deschamps (37), Marcel Desailly (47 and 68), Christian Karembeu (56).

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