2018 FIFA WC: France beat Croatia 4-2 to lift trophy

Moscow, Russia (PANA) - France on Sunday won the 2018 FIFA World Cup when they beat Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling final match played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

In a match filled with drama, there were also significant milestones - France's Kylian Mbappe became the only teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final and Didier Deschamps has joined an elite group of three after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer to lift the trophy as player and coach. This is France's second World Cup triumph after their victory on home soil in 1998. It is also Croatia's best World Cup finish.

France got their first goal that had luck written all over it. In what did not appear as an infringement awarded by Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana to France in the 18th minute, Man of the Match Antoine Griezmann floated the resultant free kick which was deflected off Mario Mandzukic's head into the net for an own goal.

But that lead lasted only 10 minutes as Ivan Perisic lashed in the equaliser with a beautiful left footer.

France went ahead again in the 38th minute after the referee awarded a penalty kick after a long consultation of VAR when the ball struck Perisic in the a goalmouth action. Griezmann's cool left footer from the spot sent Danijel Subasic the wrong way.

France then scored two quick goals in the 59th and 65th minutes to make it 4-1 and put them on the road to victory. Paul Pogba finished off a set-piece finding the net with a left footer after his initial right-foot shot was blocked and the ball graciously rolled back to him. Mbappe made it 4-1 six minutes later to the elation of the French fans.

Croatia reduced the tally to 4-2 when Mandzukic redeemed himself after stealing the ball from Hugo Lloris and it rolled into the net.

Croatia pushed hard to reduce the tally further but France stood firm.
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15 july 2018 17:43:24

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