France win the World Cup! France win the World Cup for the second time! Champions on home soil in 1998, champions again in Russia in 2018‚Ä¶
France beat Croatia in World Cup final! France won the World Cup for the second time by beating Croatia 4-2 in a tremendous final in Moscow.
A breathtaking encounter featured the first World Cup final own goal, two hugely controversial refereeing decisions and a goalkeeping howler.
France‚Äôs victory meant Didier Deschamps, who captained them to glory in 1998, became just the third man to win the competition as a player and coach.
Croatia started brightly but France scored with their first attack as Mario Mandzukic headed Antoine Griezmann‚Äôs controversially awarded free-kick into his own net.
As in all their previous knockout games, Croatia pulled level, this time through a well-taken goal from Ivan Perisic.
Just 10 minutes later France led again, after Perisic was adjudged to have deliberately handled Blaise Matuidi‚Äôs flick-on ‚Äď but only after referee Nestor Pitana consulted the video assistant referee.
Griezmann converted the spot-kick, and France took control as Paul Pogba curled in a superb third and Kylian Mbappe stroked home to become the second teenager to score in a World Cup final.
A horrendous mistake from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris gave Croatia hope, as his misplaced pass hit Mandzukic and rolled in, but France held firm.
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