Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

France lifts second World Cup after winning classic final

France lifts second World Cup after winning classic final

Zlatko Dalic's team are clear underdogs going into the final with France, but they can take some definite encouragement from this little nugget: Since 1958, there's been a first-time World Cup victor every 20 years.

A Paul Pogba strike and a screamer from Kylian Mbappe in the second half followed a Mario Mandzukic own goal and Antoine Griezmann penalty before the break to give France their second World Cup with a 4-2 win over Croatia. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) offered Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana a chance to review it and, after a brief period, he awarded the penalty.

French phenom Kylian Mbappe ripped a deep shot for a score against Croatia in the World Cup final Sunday in Moscow.

However a freekick in the 18th minute from Griezmann flicked off of Croatian star Mario Mandzukic's head and nestled into the far corner of the Croatian net. And many of them took to Twitter to express their happiness if their team won. "The crowd absolutely erupted as soon as the final whistle sounded, all 80,000 of those packed in the fan zone".

VideoFrance opened the scoring against Croatia in the World Cup final.

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France coach Didier Deschamps has made some changes to his team, however. That set the stage for goals by Pogba and Mbappe - who became the first teenage after Pele in 1958 to score in World Cup final - which took the match away from the Croats.

"How marvellous! It's a young team, who are on the top of the world". Croatia lost a World Cup final, but at least they played like Croatia, the remarkable little strife-ridden football nation of four million people that went all the way to the greatest game of all. Substitute Ivan Perisic hit the winning goal in the 90th minute, to ensure than Croatia topped Group D by a colossal five points.

France and Croatia lock horns on Sunday in Moscow with the World Cup on the line.

Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when play was held up by four protesters who ran onto the field in the second half. "The French did not surprise us, we let in two soft goals coupled with an own goal and a penalty".

France are the 2018 World Cup Champions after they defeated their European counterparts Croatia 4-2. "We dominated and then the penalty was given". "I think what we have accomplished will be remembered forever and we can be proud of ourselves".

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