France right-back Benjamin Pavard wins World Cup goal of the tournament

France right-back Benjamin Pavard has won the official World Cup goal of the tournament.

Pavard racked up the most votes in an online FIFA poll which had over three million participants.

Pavard won the goal of the tournament ahead of Juan Quientero’s low free-kick for Colombia in the group stage against Japan, which was voted in second place.

The 22-year-old Stuttgart defender ran onto a left-wing cross from Lucas Hernandez and sent a right-footed half-volley spinning into the top corner to level eventual champions France’s last-16 tie with Argentina at 2-2 in the 57th minute.

Pavard’s effort won a public vote to be named the best of the 169 goals scored in the tournament, seeing off competition from Colombian midfielder Juan Quintero’s free-kick against Japan and Luka Modric’s goal in Croatia’s group-stage thumping of Argentina.

Pavard told FIFA,“The ball bounced up as it came to me. I didn’t even think about it. I just tried to get over it and keep it down,”

“I was trying to hit it in the direction it came from, which is what the strikers always tell me.

“I didn’t think it over, and when it went in I just felt so happy.”

 

 

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