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Benjamin Pavard’s strike voted best World Cup 2018 goal (Video)

Benjamin Pavard’s stunning strike in France’s World Cup last-16 victory over Argentina has been voted the best goal of the tournament in Russia.

The defender, who showed superb technique to fire into the top corner, received the most votes cast by three million fans on the Fifa website.

The goal selected by FIFA.com users was France’s equaliser against Argentina in the Round of 16, which levelled the game at 2-2 as Les Bleus went on to record a 4-3 victory in Kazan and book their place in the quarter-finals.

“I didn’t even think about it. I just tried to get over it and keep it down,” Pavard, 22, said after the game.

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final to win the trophy for the second time.

Pavard added: “The ball bounced up as it came to me. I was trying to hit it in the direction it came from, which is what the strikers always tell me.

“When the ball went in I just felt so happy.”

Juan Quintero’s clever free-kick for Colombia against Japan came second while Luka Modric’s brilliant long-range strike for Croatia against Argentina was third.

Pavard becomes the first European player to win the Goal of the Tournament accolade since its creation in 2006. At Brazil 2014, it was bestowed on eventual adidas Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez, whose venomous, dipping volley also later earned him the 2014 FIFA Puskas Award.

Other previous winners include Maxi Rodriguez (ARG) and Diego Forlan (URU) winning in 2006 and 2010 respectively.

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