France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2018 FIFA World Cup
Monday, July 16, 2018
Yesterday, France defeated Croatia 4–2 in the final of 2018 FIFA Football World Cup to win the tournament for the second time. French teenager became the second teenager to score in a FIFA World Cup final after did in 1958's tournament.
Croatia dominated the ball possession, having almost twice as much as France. In the sixth minute, French defender Mario Mandžukić ended up scoring an own goal from Antoine Griezmann's assist, giving France an early lead. and Ivan Rakitić tried to equalise for Croatia, later, but their attempts were either blocked or went wide. In the 27th minute, French defensive midfielder was shown a yellow card for a bad foul. A minute later, Ivan Perišić scored a left-footed shot from Vida's assist, equalising for Croatia. The sides were not tied to 1–1 score for long. In the 35th minute, the referee awarded France a penalty kick, after confirming with the video assistant referee. Ivan Perišić had a handball in the penalty area. Greizmann scored from the penalty, putting the ball in the left corner and sending Croatian goalkeeper in the opposite direction. Frenchman was booked by the referee in the 41st minute. The first half ended with France leading 2–1.won a free kick in the defensive half. In the 17th minute, Croatian midfielder committed a foul and the referee awarded France a freekick.
In the second half, Griezmann missed a chance to score from Olivier Giroud's assist. France made their first substitution in the 55th minute, as was replaced by . Just before the one-hour mark, Paul Pogba had a shot towards goal but was blocked and Pogba collected the ball, and on the second attempt, the French midfielder scored from the left-footed shot, doubling the lead for France. Kylian Mbappé scored the fourth goal in the 65th minute, from Hernández's assist. With this goal, Mbappé became the second teenager to score in a FIFA World Cup final. In the 69th minute, Mandžukić scored the second goal for Croatia, intercepting French goalkeeper ' pass. However, Croatia could not catch up the two-goal difference, and the match ended 4–2, as France won their second FIFA World Cup.
After the match, Croatia's coachsaid, "I congratulate France on their title [...] I have to congratulate my players, it was maybe the best game we played in these championships; we controlled the match but we conceded. Against such a strong side as France, you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we have to be proud as well for what we've done."
Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitić said, "We were the better team in the first half, we were attacking, but we were unlucky tonight. They scored four goals from their three shots on goal. But I congratulate France, they deserved it."
Tournament top scorer English striker scored six goals in the entire tournament. Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the Adidas Golden Glove award. Croatia's captain Luka Modrić won the Adidas Golden Ball prize.won the Adidas Golden Boot award. The
|July 15, 2018|
|France||4–2||Croatia||Moscow, Russia, |
Referee: ( )
|Mario Mandžukić 18' (o.g.)
Antoine Griezmann 38–39' (pen.)
Paul Pogba 59'
N'Golo Kanté 55'
Olivier Giroud 81'
|2–1 (HT)||Ivan Perišić 28'|
Mario Mandžukić 69'
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