France are crowned champions of 2018 World Cup

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France on Sunday hammered Croatia 4-2 at Stadion Luzhniki to lift the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

France broke the deadlock just 18 minutes into the game as Mandzukic guides the ball into the top corner from Griezmann’s free-kick, handing France the lead. Griezmann’s delivery was on the money as he curled his cross towards the back post. Croatia had a deep defensive line and Mandzukic’s attempted header glanced the top of his head before flying past Subasic into the net.

Watch Mandzukic own goal

28 minutes on, Perisic blasts Croatia level. A super strike from Perisic leveled the World Cup final. France failed to clear the danger from the resulting free-kick as Mandzukic then Vida knocked the ball towards the winger. He took time and space to pick his spot on his left foot before drilling his effort past Lloris. A special effort from Perisic.

Watch Perisic goal

8 minutes later, France were given a chance to take the lead again as they were awarded a penalty. Perisic’s hand was not in a natural position as the ball struck his hand. The referee took his time to make the decision and he points to the spot.

Griezmann steps forward, holds his nerve from 12 yards and slots his effort into the bottom corner with ease, sending Subasic the wrong way. Griezmann had a while to compose himself and he had no issue finding the net, allowing his side to regain the lead.

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59 minutes on the clock, Pogba has a World Cup moment as he hands France a two-goal cushion in the final. Mbappe’s break down the right flank stretched the Croatia defence. A low ball into the box was worked back towards Pogba via a deflection. His effort was blocked by Vida, but it rebound back towards the Manchester United midfielder. With his second drive on his left foot, he found the top corner.

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Just 6 minutes later, Mbappe puts France on the brink with a 4-1 scoreline as he takes Hernandez’s offload from the left flank and controls it in the middle of the park. From 25 yards he lets fly with a low strike that Vida fails to block and it moves past Subasic before the keeper can get down. France are on their way to lifting the World Cup.

Watch Mbappe’s goal

69 minutes into the game, Croatia pulled one back as Lloris attempts to play out from the back on his own goalline. He takes too long to pass the ball to Umtiti and allows Mandzukic to make the closing interception, steering the ball into the net.

Watch Mandzukic’s goal

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