The Reading / Listening - 2018 World Cup - Level 2

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in Moscow. It was an exciting end to a very successful tournament. France also won the World Cup in 1998. French coach Didier Deschamps became the third man to win as a player and coach. The final was a great event that had good football, controversial refereeing decisions, an own goal, a pitch invasion, and a big goalkeeping mistake. Billions of people watched on TV as France slowly controlled the game. Their talented team included the next global superstar - the speedy 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe.



Croatia were best early on in the game and looked like scoring first. However, France got a free kick after 18 minutes which was deflected in for an own goal by Croatia's Mario Mandzukic. Croatia equalized 10 minutes later with a quality shot from Ivan Perisic. France restored its lead from the penalty spot after the referee reviewed video evidence of a handball. Two goals from Paul Pogba and Mbappe extended France's lead. An error from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 69th minute gave Croatia hope, but France held on to win.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    2018 World Cup - Level 0 2018 World Cup - Level 1   or  2018 World Cup - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44754965
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/france-storms-second-world-cup-title-final-victory-croatia-165354873.html
  • http://www.espn.com/soccer/fifa-world-cup/4/blog/post/3566255/mbappe-powers-france-to-world-cup-glory-croatia-reeling-after-var-controversy


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It was an exciting
  2. a very successful
  3. the third man to win as a
  4. controversial refereeing
  5. a big goalkeeping
  6. France slowly controlled
  7. Their talented team included the
  8. the speedy 19-year-old
  1. player and coach
  2. next global superstar
  3. mistake
  4. forward
  5. tournament
  6. decisions
  7. end
  8. the game

Paragraph 2

  1. Croatia were best early
  2. France got a free kick
  3. deflected in for
  4. Croatia equalized 10 minutes
  5. France restored its lead from
  6. Mbappe extended France's
  7. An error from France
  8. France held
  1. goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
  2. later
  3. on to win
  4. an own goal
  5. on in the game
  6. after 18 minutes
  7. the penalty spot
  8. lead

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup (1) __________________. It was an exciting end to (2) ___________________ tournament. France also won the World Cup in 1998. French coach Didier Deschamps (3) ___________________ man to win as a player and coach. The final was a great event that had good football, controversial refereeing decisions, (4) ___________________, a pitch invasion, and a big goalkeeping mistake. (5) ___________________ watched on TV as France slowly controlled the game. Their talented team included the (6) ___________________ - the speedy 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe.

Croatia were best (7) ___________________ the game and looked like scoring first. However, France got a free kick after 18 minutes which was deflected in (8) ___________________ goal by Croatia's Mario Mandzukic. Croatia equalized 10 minutes later with a quality shot from Ivan Perisic. France restored (9) ___________________ the penalty (10) ___________________ referee reviewed video evidence of a handball. Two goals from Paul Pogba and Mbappe extended France's lead. (11) ___________________ France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 69th minute gave Croatia hope, but France (12) ___________________ win.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FrancebeatCroatia4-2intheWorldCupfinalinMoscow.Itwasanexcitin
gendtoaverysuccessfultournament.FrancealsowontheWorldCupin1
998.FrenchcoachDidierDeschampsbecamethethirdmantowinasapla
yerandcoach.Thefinalwasagreateventthathadgoodfootball,controv
ersialrefereeingdecisions,anowngoal,apitchinvasion,andabiggoalke
epingmistake.BillionsofpeoplewatchedonTVasFranceslowlycontroll
edthegame.Theirtalentedteamincludedthenextglobalsuperstar-th
espeedy19-year-oldforwardKylianMbappe.Croatiawerebestearlyoni
nthegameandlookedlikescoringfirst.However,Francegotafreekickaf
ter18minuteswhichwasdeflectedinforanowngoalbyCroatia'sMarioM
andzukic.Croatiaequalized10minuteslaterwithaqualityshotfromIva
nPerisic.Francerestoreditsleadfromthepenaltyspotaftertherefereer
eviewedvideoevidenceofahandball.TwogoalsfromPaulPogbaandMb
appeextendedFrance'slead.AnerrorfromFrancegoalkeeperHugoLlor
isinthe69thminutegaveCroatiahope,butFranceheldontowin.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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