Final result: France 4-2 Croatia
France may have been more fortunate than good in the first half, but they showed why they deserved to win the World Cup in the second half. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, in particular, increased their games during the second period with a pair of sensational goals.
Incredibly, France had no attempts at shooting in the first half. They went into the break with a 2-1 advantage, but as a result of an own goal and a penalty, given after a long revision of VAR. Zero shots . Ivan Perisic scored a sensational goal for Croatia, but they entered at halftime probably baffled by being behind, 2-1.
Croatia came out of the dressing room with more energy too, but the situation changed strangely when the best player in this World Cup was substituted. N & # 39; Golo Kante received an early yellow card and was never the same after that. Once Steven Nzonzi entered his place, the intensity of France increased, and they began to look dangerous.
Pogba scored the third goal five minutes later, finishing a long counterattack that began. Not long after that, Mbappe sealed the victory, becoming the second teenager to score in a World Cup, after Pelé. A howler Hugo Lloris gave hope to Croatia, but never created another great opportunity for France to win its second World Cup.
META Mario Mandzukic! France 4-2 Croatia.
Uh oh, Hugo Lloris has made an absolute howl and opened the door for a possible return. He had plenty of time to clear the ball under pressure from Mandzukic, but instead of kicking the ball in the Croatian forward. Strange error
OBJECTIVE Kylian Mbappe! France 4-1 Croatia.
Oh man, France is playing Croatia now. Theo Hernandez makes a couple of breaks on the left before settling for Mbappe, who seems to be preparing a curling shot towards the top corner at the far post. Instead, it takes a low rip and toward the nearby post, completely deceiving Danijel Subasic. It is a 200 IQ game for a 19 year old player, and this game looks better.
Kylian Mbappé comes into action!
The 19-year-old becomes the first teenager to score in a final FIFA World Cup since Pele. pic.twitter.com/4fqjCSWJL0
– FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 15, 2018
GOAL Paul Pogba! France 3-1 Croatia.
Bad luck for Croatia, but Paul Pogba deserves this goal with the work he has done in this game. He started the play with a sensational pbad to Kylian Mbappe, who eventually caught Antoine Griezmann. He could not find a shot opportunity and gave it back to Pogba, who had his first shot blocked. But the ball was turned towards him, and the Croatian defense was not ready. He knocked the ball past Danijel Subasic, and Les Bleus now have a lot of control.
53 & # 39; – We have launch invaders
It is not a field invader. Invaders Like four of them.
Erm. I think it's good for one of those launch invaders that there's a security guard there. Because I think Dejan Lovren was about to kill him. pic.twitter.com/4NRBXUHJr8
– Archie Rhind-Tutt (@ archiert1) July 15, 2018
Meanwhile, N & # 39; Golo Kante has split up for Steven Nzonzi. While Kante has been one of the best players in this tournament, he was on a yellow card. He could not play as aggressively as he wanted, and he was hurting France's midfield.
Rest time result: France 2-1 Croatia
These have been two of the most defensive teams in the World Cup, but that has not happened. t produced a boring ending. Just halfway through the game, France and Croatia have produced more goals than any of the World Cup finals since 1998.
While Croatia is running, they should feel good about their chances of returning to this match. France has two goals, but zero open game shot attempts. His first goal was an own goal, and the second was a penalty. The Croats have been the best team, and they are extremely capable of mounting another comeback.
PENALTY, France! Handball in Perisic after the VAR review. Antoine Griezman intensifies and … SCORES! France 2-1 Croatia
Here we have a controversial one. While there is no doubt that Ivan Rakitic handled the ball in the box after a corner of France, there will be a serious debate about whether his hand was in a natural position, or whether he played intentionally. Griezmann is converted from the place.
GOAL Ivan Rakitic! France 1-1 Croatia!
What a strike of Perisic! Croatia executed a planned piece that did not work out exactly as planned, but eventually produced the desired result. Luka Modric hit a ball at an angle towards the back post that was knocked down and hit the box before it headed towards Perisic. He took a touch to get in, then hit a half-volley laser past Hugo Lloris from 15 yards.
OWN OBJECTIVE Mario Mandzukic! France 1-0 Croatia
What a cruel goal for one of the best players in this tournament. After Marcelo Brozovic knocked down Antoine Griezmann, the man who won the free kick threw a dangerous shot into the box. Mandzukic got up to face him, but the ball hit the top of his head and drifted towards his own net. It's hard to blame him for this.
Alignments for France and Croatia
The 2018 World Cup comes to an end with the final match between France and Croatia. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. ET at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Follow along or check back for scoring updates and key moments, as these two teams are fighting for the championship title.
Croatia defeated a strong English team 2-1 in the team's second semi-final appearance. With that victory they compete in their first final of the World Cup and try to bring home their first World Cup title.
France advanced beyond Belgium in a 1-0 victory to claim their place in the final match. France is looking for its second World Cup final after winning the title in 1998. The last appearance of France was in a final match of the World Cup in 2006, where they finished as runners-up in Italy.
News from France vs. Croatia to read before the kickoff
5 questions about the final chances of the Croatian World Cup, (more or less) answered
At that time. Will Croatia win the World Cup? For a game played by thousands of billions of people, and for a competition that has been running for most of the 100 years, the top of the international male game is an exclusive club. 79 teams have participated in the Men's World Cup, more than 21 tournaments. But only 13 have reached the final, and only nine have won.
The 22 probable holders in the final of the World Cup, clbadified
The final of the World Cup is Sunday between France and Croatia, and barring any surprises, we are quite sure of who the 22 will be players that will start in the game. So let's clbadify them, huh?