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France vs Croatia: France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win FIFA World Cup 2018 Final Trophy [Photos & Video]

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win FIFA World Cup 2018 Final

France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win FIFA World Cup 2018 Final

  • France are Russia 2018 champions after 4-2 win in Moscow
  • Valiant Croatia are runners-up, their best-ever World Cup finish
  • Deschamps becomes third man to win Trophy as player and manager
  • France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years
  • The French were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mandzukic scored an own goal
  • Deschamps became only the third man to win the trophy both as a player and a manager

MOSCOW – RUSSIA: France won the World Cup for the second time by ending battling Croatia’s dream of a first title with a 4-2 victory on Sunday in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades.

France led 2-1 at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic briefly bringing first-time finalists Croatia level.

Quickfire strikes by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe midway through the second half put France on course for the title but Mandzukic was gifted a goal by French keeper Hugo Lloris to set up a nervous last 20 minutes.



French President Emmanuel Macron joins Benjamin Mendy


France’s road to the 2018 World Cup final and champions after 4-2 win in Moscow

Group C

Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
France 6 5 1 0 10 4 16
Denmark 4 1 3 0 3 2 6
Peru 3 1 0 2 2 2 3
Australia 3 0 1 2 2 5 1
France 2-1 Australia
KazanJune 16, 2018 13:00:00
Peru 0-1 Denmark
SaranskJune 16, 2018 19:00:00
Denmark 1-1 Australia
SamaraJune 21, 2018 16:00:00
France 1-0 Peru
EkaterinburgJune 21, 2018 20:00:00
Australia 0-2 Peru
SochiJune 26, 2018 17:00:00
Denmark 0-0 France
MoscowJune 26, 2018 17:00:00

Round of 16

Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Winner Group A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Second Group B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France 4-3 Argentina
KazanJune 30, 2018 17:00:00
Uruguay 2-1 Portugal
SochiJune 30, 2018 21:00:00
Winner Group A  -  Second Group B
SochiJune 30, 2018 21:00:00
Spain 1-1 Russia
MoscowJuly 1, 2018 17:00:00
Croatia 1-1 Denmark
Nizhny NovgorodJuly 1, 2018 21:00:00
Brazil 2-0 Mexico
SamaraJuly 2, 2018 18:00:00
Belgium 3-2 Japan
Rostov-On-DonJuly 2, 2018 21:00:00
Sweden 1-0 Switzerland
Saint PetersburgJuly 3, 2018 17:00:00
Colombia 1-1 England
MoscowJuly 3, 2018 21:00:00

Quarter-finals

Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Winner Match 50 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Winner Match 49 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
Uruguay 0-2 France
Nizhny NovgorodJuly 6, 2018 17:00:00
Winner Match 49 0-2 Winner Match 50
Nizhny NovgorodJuly 6, 2018 17:00:00
Brazil 1-2 Belgium
KazanJuly 6, 2018 21:00:00
Sweden 0-2 England
SamaraJuly 7, 2018 18:00:00
Russia 2-2 Croatia
SochiJuly 7, 2018 21:00:00

Semi-finals

Team MP W D L GF GA Pts
Winner Match 57 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Winner Match 58 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
Winner Match 57 1-0 Winner Match 58
Saint PetersburgJuly 10, 2018 21:00:00
France 1-0 Belgium
Saint PetersburgJuly 10, 2018 21:00:00
Croatia 2-1 England
MoscowJuly 11, 2018 21:00:00

France are Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup champions after 4-2 win in Moscow.

France are Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup champions after 4-2 win in Moscow.

France are Russia 2018 champions after 4-2 win in Moscow, Russia.

France are Russia 2018 champions after 4-2 win in Moscow, Russia.

Antoine Griezmann Sealed 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy with a kiss.

Antoine Griezmann Sealed 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy with a kiss.

France forward Kylian Mbappe, a goalscorer in the showpiece, takes the FIFA Young Player award. And he Sealed Trophy with a kiss.

France forward Kylian Mbappe, a goalscorer in the showpiece, takes the FIFA Young Player award. And he Sealed Trophy with a kiss.

France, however, withstood a spirited Croatia assault to lift the trophy for the second time, following their success on home soil 20 years ago, and ensure there was no repeat of two years ago when they were beaten in the European Championship final by Portugal in Paris.
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.

It was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 60 years ago. The landmarks came thick and fast in the first half too.

Croatia had started full of energy but fell behind when Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time winner against England in the semi-final, became the first man to score an own goal in a World Cup final when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off his head in the 18th minute. It was the 12th own goal of the tournament.

That meant it was the fourth successive knockout game that Croatia had conceded first but Perisic, who got the equaliser against England, was on hand again to level the scores 10 minutes later, smashing in a low shot after Sime Vrsaljko had headed Luka Modric’s free kick across the box.

But it was then Perisic’s turn go from hero to zero when he flapped an arm at a corner and, after a VAR review, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana awarded the 28th penalty of the tournament, another record, which Griezmann stroked home in the 38th minute for his fourth goal of Russia 2018.

That made it the highest-scoring first half since 1974, when West Germany led the Netherlands 2-1 – also the final score then.

It was harsh on Croatia, who had made most of the running, and they were on top again after the break, continually winning their one-on-one duels in the air and in every tackle and forging forward in the French box with plenty of variety.

But France’s defence, so impressive all tournament, held and they went 3-1 up on the hour as Mbappe and Griezmann combined to set up Pogba on the edge of the box. His right-footed shot was blocked but he coolly curved the rebound in with his left.

After three successive extra-time knockout games the chances of another Croatian comeback seemed slight but they looked dead and buried six minutes later. Lucas Hernandez tore down the left to set up Mbappe who drilled a low shot beyond keeper Danijel Subasic for the 19-year-old’s fourth goal of the tournament.

An awful blunder by Lloris revived Croatia, as the French keeper tried to dribble around Mandzukic only for the striker to tap the ball straight into an unguarded net.

Croatia, beaten by the French in the semi-finals in their first World Cup appearance in 1998, continued to press but their energy was sapped and France safely held out for the victory.

credit: The Times of India

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