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Barcelona pair singled out for widespread criticism after World Cup final

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Viewers of the World Cup final have flooded to social media late on Sunday evening, to take aim at two members of Didier Deschamps’ France squad.The latest edition of world football’s biggest fixture, of course, was played to completion a short time ago.The clash in question saw Lionel Messi’s Argentina face off with reigning champions France, for the title of the international game’s very best.A frankly staggering 120 minutes followed, which saw proceedings ultimately forced to a penalty shootout after the two footballing giants shared six goals.And, when all was said and done, it was Argentina who held their nerve, slotting all four of their spot-kicks beyond the helpless Hugo Lloris to spark chaotic celebrations across the globe.Whilst Lionel Scaloni’s squad kicked into gear what will no doubt prove a night filled with joyous memories and smiles, on the flip side of things, Didier Deschamps’ France have been left to ponder what might have been.Les Bleus were 2nd best over lengthy stretches of the action at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday, thanking an inspired Kylian Mbappe for keeping them alive time and time again.In turn, it came as little surprise to see a number of the 2018 world champions’ stars singled out for heavy criticism online.None, though, were more widely targeted than Ousmane Dembele, and Jules Kounde.Those to have taken in the action in Lusail this evening will of course be fully aware of what a torrid time of things wide-man Dembele endured, ultimately culminating in him being pulled from the action inside the first half of play.Right flank partner Kounde, meanwhile, was turned inside out on a host of occasions by Angel Di Maria, amid a throwback display on the part of the veteran attacker.In turn, in the aftermath of France’s defeat, the Barcelona pair have been the targets of ruthless backlash across social media, the highlights of which can be seen below:Kounde and Dembele should be locked up in a Qatari jail for the next 2 weeks at least.— M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) December 18, 2022 I don’t even know what to say about Kounde and Dembele.— KALYJAY (@gyaigyimii) December 18, 2022 Dembele and Jules Kounde, two horrible footballers. I cannot believe both of them got best in their position shouts at start of this season. Both of them caused France their back to back WC, horrible horrible performance— 𝙎⚡️. (@MadridNations) December 18, 2022 Thank you Dembele and Kounde for the disaster master class. You are now a Barca legend.— FCB Albiceleste (@FCBAlbiceleste) December 18, 2022 barcelona duo of dembele and kounde stinking up the place— Mayowa (@01uwamayowaa) December 18, 2022 Kounde and Dembele were both embarrassing.— D. U, Ijiebor (LP) (@unuante) December 18, 2022 Speak to me about that disaster class from France’s right side. Awful does not describe how bad Dembele and Kounde where today.— Bielsista (@pedroelchileno) December 18, 2022 Assessing Gareth Southgate’s time as England manager: is he still the right man for the job?PSG chief provides update on Lionel Messi’s future

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