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France defeat Croatia in goal-fest thriller Fifa World Cup final

France beat Croatia in FIFA World Cup final Didier Deschamps becomes third man to win as coach and player Fifa Name Referee For France-Croatia World Cup Final
Ginger Lopez | 16 July, 2018, 06:26

"The World Cup, it's a lot", forward Antoine Griezmann said.

It was an historic day for French football as their team, inspired by the likes of teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, lifted the World Cup after defeating Croatia 4-2 in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The star Croatian turned villain ten minutes after his goal, hand balling clumsily in the box which saw referee Nestor Pintana award France a spot-kick for Griezmann to dispatch.

The first goal of the match was Croatia's own goal during a free kick.

They emerged victorious from a tough semi against Belgium (1-0), harnessing their flair to grind out the win thanks in part to the superb Hugo Lloris in goal. "The crowd absolutely erupted as soon as the final whistle sounded, all 80,000 of those packed in the fan zone". The first-ever World Cup Final penalty awarded by VAR. The team's current head coach Deschamps was the captain of the World Cup-winning squad back in 1998.

France won their first World Cup championship 20 years ago in 1998.

"It's a young team who are on the top of the world".

France beat Croatia in FIFA World Cup final Didier Deschamps becomes third man to win as coach and player

As for Mbappé, he got his goal as well, taking advantage of Croatia's second-half fatigue, particularly Domagoj Vida (who was sort of attempting to defend him) and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, with a perfectly place low blast from long range.

Pogba, who didn't have a goal or assist in this World Cup before Sunday, shot the ball with his right foot but it was blocked from close range.

In the 59th minute, Paul Pogba sent 19-year-old breakout star Kylian Mbappe on a run down the right side with a flawless pass from just before midfield.

"Today we did not do everything right but have those mental and psychological qualities which were decisive - and we did score four goals".

France won the World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in a breathless and drama-filled final in Moscow.

It's amusing: When we think of France's 1998 world champions, we often forget that the '98 team was a heavy underdog at home against Brazil.

Croatia needed nerves of steal once more to book a first semi-final spot since 1998, as well as boundless energy to counter a Russian Federation side with the support of a nation behind them in Sochi. This was also the highest scoring final in regular time since Sweden 1958's finale. "We played well but the penalty knocked the wind out of us and after that it was very hard".




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