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  • World Cup final talking points France were just about effective to overcome a dogged Croatia

The has won the World Cup second time in 20 years.

Twenty years after winning its first FIFA World Cup in 1998 as an "underdog", France on Sunday repeated history in Russian Federation as the world favourites defeated Croatia 4-2 in a high-octane final at the Luzhniki Stadium here.

Croatia's Ivan Perisic, second left, handles the ball to give away a penalty as he jumps for the ball with France's Blaise Matuidi during the final match between France and Croatia.

The first goal of the match was Croatia's own goal during a free kick. France were the better team, they used all their chances tonight, without making too many costly mistakes. "The crowd absolutely erupted as soon as the final whistle sounded, all 80,000 of those packed in the fan zone". After Horacio Elizondo in 2006, he becomes the second Argentinian referee to officiate a World Cup Final.

The game will be remembered as the highest-scoring World Cup final since England's win over West Germany in 1966, and for Mbappe becoming the youngest player to score in the final since Pele in 1958. Yet Croatia swept all three teams by a combined score of 7-1, allowing only a single goal in three matches.

On their way to that success, Les Bleus overcame Croatia in the semi-final and Zlatko Dalic's men will be hoping Sunday will be the moment they take their revenge and win Croatia their first World Cup.

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France was a heavy favorite to make it deep into the tournament from the outset, but Croatia's path looked especially daunting heading into the group stage, with Argentina, Iceland, and Nigeria all in the same group.

The match between the two countries remained quite intense all throughout, even though France kept a lead of 2-1 till half time.

Mbappe then added his name to the scoresheet in the 65th minute when he collected a Lucas Hernandez pass and fired low past Danijel Subasic from 25 yards, capping what has been a fine tournament for the 19-year-old. Croatia will become the sixth team to enter a final under these conditions, with two - England and France - having beaten a previous champion the first time they reached a final.

"We are sad but proud at the same time", he said. It also ensured the 2018 World Cup had only one scoreless game, when France last played at Luzhniki Stadium against Denmark.

Shortly after, Croatia's Ivan Perisic delivered a goal, tying up the game. "We dominated and then the penalty was given".



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