France wins second World Cup in a final that had everything

France wins second World Cup in a final that had everything

France won their second title, following 1998 - when they had beaten Croatia 2-1 in the semi-finals - and made up for the disappointment of losing the 2006 final to Italy on penalties, and the Euro 2016 decider at home to Portugal.

Croatia had started full of energy but fell behind when Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time victor against England in the semi-final, became the first man to score an own goal in a World Cup final when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off his head in the 18th minute.

The World Cup final between France and Croatia will be held at Luzhniki Stadium at 1am Monday 16 JULY, 2018. Vatreni will be looking to get some revenge and become immortal in the process. "It will be a special match because it is a World Cup final and we have to stay in our bubble to focus on the ultimate goal".

France is going into tonight's match as the favorites, and Didier Deschamps' men will want to emulate the 1998 winning team. The center back pairing of Verane & Umtiti has been rock solid, and again will be crucial if France are to go all the way again.

Unlike their rivals, France have never played extra time in this World Cup so far. After two very quick-fire goals only the second match in World Cup history where both teams scored inside four minutes - extra time was needed to separate these two.

France wins second World Cup in a final that had everything

Denis Cheryshev's curler for Russian Federation was cancelled out by Andrej Kramaric within the 90 minutes, before Domagoj Vida looked to have headed the victor in extra time. "There is something special in this team", Lloris warned. A cross from the French right-hand side was handled by the Croatia No4, with a penalty awarded after a VAR review.

He added, "Croatia came from a goal down against England on Wednesday to win 2-1 in extra time". Inside the centre, cheers were deafening when Croatia scored their first goal to briefly tie the game at 1-1.

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalić has also selected the same team that beat England in the semi-final.

Captain Luka Modric insists they will put all emotions to one side to fully concentrate on the job in hand. He has displayed his best qualities at this World Cup, despite playing in a midfield duo alongside N'Golo Kanté, dispelling the myth that he has to play ina midfield trio in order to excell. Croatia will be happy to concede possession to the French, and the forward passing of Modric on the breakaway will be crucial if Croatia is to lift a maiden World Cup.

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