Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

France defeats Croatia in World Cup final

France defeats Croatia in World Cup final

But this is still the World Cup final, and for France there is the possibility to join Argentina and Uruguay in winning the trophy for the second time, after 1998.

The victory means that Didier Deschamps, captain of the 1998 side, becomes the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer. 11 AM ET, France will take on surprise finalist Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final to bring the event to a close.

The France team were adamant that the Croatia attacker had handled, however, protesting to the officials to review the play via VAR.

"We took the hard path, probably we will be the only team at a World Cup to have played eight games to get to a final if you tally up all the minutes", admitted Dalic. We have a lot of respect for them. Mandzukic scored Croatia's second after a major blunder from France keeper Hugo Lloris.

Croatia had played over 90 minutes more football than France en route to the final, but if those three periods of extra time and two penalty shootouts had taken a physical toll, it didn't show in the opening ten minutes in the Luzhniki Stadium.

The delay came just as Croatia started a counter attack after a missed opportunity by France.

Paul Pogba put France 3-1 up in the second half
Paul Pogba put France 3-1 up in the second half

Still, he thought, the nine players who were in the squad at Euro 2016 would ensure the French team for Sunday would learn lessons from the experience of that final, if only to pass on how it felt to lose such a big match. It was the 12th own goal of the tournament. Griezmann went down easily to win a free kick and he whipped the ball in and Mandzukic flicked the ball into his own goal to put France 1-0 up.

France then looked to have clinched the game as Mbappe drilled home a fourth from distance with the 19-year-old becoming just the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup final.

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"Tomorrow will be the most important match of our career".

"I don't know where I am, I am really happy", he said as his team mates danced around him in celebration.

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