Pavard makes his presence felt

  • Benjamin Pavard scored one of the goals of Russia 2018 so far
  • Stuttgart defender not usually known for his goals
  • Pavard: “I can’t describe it. I’m still feeling emotional”
By Adrien Gingold with France

A virtual unknown in France barely three months ago, Benjamin Pavard is currently starring with Les Bleus at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Having proven himself to be a dependable and occasionally inspired performer, the defender today stepped up to score one of the goals of the tournament and help his side beat Argentina 4-3 and book their place in the quarter-finals. We discussed the goal in depth with the man himself.

“In German we say Tor. To hit a shot like that – I can’t describe it. I’m still feeling emotional,” said the VfB Stuttgart player as he left the pitch, still smiling in wonder at it all.

So what was going through his mind when the ball came his way? Pavard, who plays in the centre of defence for his club, recalled the moment.

“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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