France triumphs over Croatia in thrilling final goal-fest

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 15, 2018

Instead, it is a gifted French side with the second-youngest squad at the tournament, embodied by the lightning-quick Mbappe, who face a Croatian team inspired by Luka Modric, arguably the finest midfielder in the world at the moment.

France had taken the lead in the 18th through Mario Mandzukic's own-goal - the first in a World Cup final and a record 12th in the tournament - off an Antoine Griezmann freekick, before Croatia's Ivan Perisic equalised with a fierce left-foot strike 10 minutes later.

The last teenager to score in a World Cup final was Pele, who scored two when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958.

After 63 games, it is finally here - the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. 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.

The past two World Cup finals were 0-0 after 90 minutes, and both were settled by a single goal in the second half of extra time.

France were accused of being over-confident in the 2016 final having beaten world champions Germany in the semi-final and Deschamps said everybody in the French camp was aware that matches could be won and lost by factors out of their control.

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

Pogba then scored the crucial third goal for France as he started a flowing move with a wonderful drilled pass, then finished off, at the second attempt, as he curled past Danijel Subasic.

As for Croatia, this will be their first ever World Cup final and will be looking to upset an assured Les Bleus side. Croatia can prove us right by doing so.

The recent World Cup tradition is for presidents of Federation Internationale de Football Association and the host nation to jointly hand over the gold-and-malachite trophy.

France eventually got going and they took the lead from their first big chance.

"The 14 players I have integrated since the Euro final, they have only learned what playing a big tournament is all about here in Russian Federation, so of course the experience is less but the quality is there", he added.

An own goal from Mario Mandzukic and a penalty from man of the match Antoine Griezmann, given after intervention from the video referee, put France up 2-1 at half-time, with Ivan Perisic getting a temporary equalizer. They just seem to be gaining more and more momentum and more and more belief in who they are and what they can do.

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