France beats Croatia to win 2nd World Cup

France beats Croatia to win 2nd World Cup

France beats Croatia to win 2nd World Cup

The change had an immediate effect, allowing France to play more aggressively and Pogba started pulling strings; a wonderful ball behind the Croatian defence released Mbappe and Pogba was eventually set up on the edge of the box to bury his strike at the second time of asking.

There were as many wins as losses at the World Cup, unbelievable goals - with Belgium leading the way - and plenty of extra-time and penalty drama (thanks, Croatia). and cards, lots and lots of cards.

If you don't have cable or any pay TV package, you can still watch the World Cup 2018 finals for free with a digital antenna. France take on Croatia in what promises to be an absorbing contest where the victor goes home with the 18-carat gold trophy and the tag of world champions for the next four years.

"It's a huge pleasure and privilege to play in such a match, there's nothing more handsome as a professional football player than to play in the World Cup final", he told reporters on Saturday.

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Mandzukic then scored in the same net, but this time to Croatia's advantage, capitalising on some carelessness by Hugo Lloris to reduce the deficit.

Mbappe was born months after France first won the World Cup in 1998.

As for Croatia, this will be their first ever World Cup final and will be looking to upset an assured Les Bleus side.

On their way to that success, Les Bleus overcame Croatia in the semi-final and Zlatko Dalic's men will be hoping Sunday will be the moment they take their revenge and win Croatia their first World Cup.

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Croati's Ivan Perisic scores the equaliser for Croatia within 10 minutes after France took the initial lead. Four long minutes in which the French players appealed for a penalty and Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana consulted VAR in his earpiece before checking - and checking again, and again - for himself in the pitch-side review area.

There were wild scenes of jubilation after Kylian Mbappe scored France's fourth goal.

"For most of these fans, the win is sweeter than they had imagined".

Croatia showed no early nerves and confidently dominated the action in the French half, without however threatening as Raphael Varane headed a cross out of danger ahead of Mandzukic.

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France coach Didier Deschamps was thrown into the air by his players after becoming just the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.

But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half.

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