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Sunday, 15 July 2018

France Defeat Croatia 4-2 To Win 2018 FIFA World Cup Final (Details & Photos)

France have defeated Croatia 4-2 To Win The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia!!

An early home-goal by Mario Mandzukic set the stage ready before Ivan Perisic levelled for the Croats to make it 1-1.

Griezmann then scored a penalty after Ivan Perisic was found guity of handball just minutes before half-time.

At 2-1, Croatia had been France's Equals, at least, but two goals in six minutes took the final away from them.

Mbappe had been relatively quiet by his standards until that point, but the second half showed why he is the World Cup's most powerful teenage presence since Pele in 1958.

It was his speed that took him beyond Ivan Strinic after 59 minutes, cutting the ball back for Antoine Griezmann.

He held the ball up perfectly, feeding it back to Pogba. He shot, edge of the area, with his right. It rebounded back to him off a defender and he hit it, first time, with his left – like a kid playing up against the school wall. Subasic barely moved.

France had a two goal advantage with 30 minute to spare.

Didier Deschamps – who has been here before, remember – first made the universal gesture for 'calm down'.

He couldn't contain himself, however, and a minute later could be seen punching the air in the direction of France's small travelling contingent.

The fourth was the killer. Lucas Hernandez went on a powerful run and did well to stay on his feet, despite some pretty robust tackling.

He switched the ball inside to Mbappe who had no right to try his luck, but did anyway. Kids, eh? He beat Subasic to his right, again with minimal resistance.

France's bench cleared as the whole squad chased Mbappe into the corner. He is the most prolific teenager at a World Cup final since Pele 60 years ago. What a player he will be.

Croatia got the sniff of revival when Hugo Lloris was given a reminder of why he is in goal.

Trying to play sweeper and taking the ball around Mandzukic, he lost out to a tackle that took the ball into the net. It didn't matter. Croatia were too far adrift by that stage.

France's defensive unit held strong and the prize was rightly theirs.

FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Pavard, Varane,Umtiti, Lucas; Pogba, Kante (Nzonzi 55); Mbappe, Matuidi (Tolisso 73), Griezmann, Giroud (Fekir 81). 

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic (Pjaca 81); Rebic (Kramaric 71), Rakitic; Brozovic, Perisic, Modric; Mandzukic.


FIFA Fair Play Trophy: 🥇Spain (#ESP)

Golden Glove Award - Thibaut Courtois (Belgium 🇧🇪) 

Golden Boot Award -

🥇 Harry Kane 

🥈Antoine Griezzman 

🥉 Romelu Lukaku 

Golden Ball Award -

🥇Luka Modric

🥈Eden Hazard 

🥉Antoine Griezzman 

FIFA Young Player Award - Kylian Mbappe (France 🇫🇷) 


19y 207d - Kylian Mbappé is the 2nd youngest player to score in a FIFA World Cup final, after Pelé (17y 249d) in 1958 for Brazil. Anointed.

6 - With six goals, Harry Kane has become only the second English player to ever win the World Cup Golden Boot, after@GaryLinekerin 1986. Trophy.

546 - Olivier Giroud didn't attempt a single shot on target in 546 minutes at this World Cup for France. Nonplussed.

2 - Mario Mandzukic is just the second player in World Cup history to score a goal for his side and an own goal in a single game, after Ernie Brandts for the Netherlands versus Italy in 1978. Quirk.

5 – Mario Mandzukic has become just the 5th player to score in both World Cup and European Cup/Champions League finals, after Ferenc Puskas, Zoltan Czibor, Gerd Muller & Zinedine Zidane. Platform.

1 - Paul Pogba is the first @PremierLeague player to score in a FIFA World Cup final since Emmanuel Petit (1998). Magnifique.

1 - Paul Pogba has become the first-ever @ManUtdplayer to score in a FIFA World Cup final. Devilish.

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