Friday, 19 October, 2018

France 4 Croatia 2

France 4 Croatia 2 France 4 Croatia 2
Michele Schwartz | 16 July, 2018, 06:30

But on full-time, it was the French players joyously running laps of the pitch, tricolour in hand, after winning back the FIFA World Cup Trophy.

The victory makes Deschamps, captain of the France's victorious 1998 side, the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer.

Though Mandzukic did manage to decrease Croatia's defect as he scored a goal in the 69th minute, France, at last, managed to win the game 4-2.

Despite failing to add to his tally of six goals in the third-place play-off defeat to Belgium, captain Harry Kane is in a strong position to be awarded the top scorer's Golden Boot.

France's final goal was scored by 19-year-old rising star Kylian Mbappé, which put his squad up by three.

Croatia equalised through what was the goal of the match.

The greatest days of a footballer's career are subject to so many factors they can not control - a team-mate's mistake, a bad call from their manager, a referee seduced by a VAR review - but what is under their aegis is the style of their performance.

Congrats to France! The 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar.

Robbie Jay Barratt- AMA  GettyImages
Robbie Jay Barratt- AMA GettyImages

It was a breathless end to the month-long roller-coaster ride of Russian Federation 2018 - a World Cup of shocks, heartbreaks, historic firsts and new heroes.

Croatia went into the World Cup final undefeated (6-0), while France won five games and tied one game against Denmark.

Then Kylian Mbappe drilled in from 25 yards out to become only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final.

After a cagey opening spell, the French broke the game open when Griezmann's free kick in the 18th minute was headed into his own net by Mario Mandzukic.

Antoine Griezmann showed enormous calm under pressure to bury his first-half penalty, while also setting up France's opening goal as the No7 proved to be a constant threat to Croatia's backline.

This should be fun and we anticipate a lot of goals.

Croatia's shirtless fans rightly saluted their players as torrential rain lashed down on the presentation ceremony and coach Zlatko Dalic had few regrets. Both French goals came in extremely fortunate circumstances and Croatia would've felt extremely aggrieved to be behind at the break.

Mississauga has a proud, tight-knit Croatian-Canadian community, said Erica Zlomislic, who works with the Croatian Heritage Association.

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