France emerged as the World Champions as they beat Croatia 4-2 in the finals of the2018 FIFA World Cup
Croatia were dominant throughout the first quarter of the match keeping France in their own half.
However, it was France who hit the target first in the 19th minute through Mario Mandzukic´s clearance header, that was totally against the run of play on free-kick from Antoine Griezman.
Ten minutes down Croatia earned free kick at around 40-yard area. Modric floated the ball to the far post, where Sime Vrsalko headed it across the penalty area. It dropped for Perisic right on the edge of the box who made space and blasted the ball past Hugo Lloris with an unbelievable left-footed strike.
France earned the corner in the 33rd minute, which Griezmann curled into the penalty area. Ivan Perisic, who was marking Matuidi, handled the ball and referee consulted to VAR to award a penalty to France and Antoine Griezmann made no mistake to the advantage of the opportunity.
Spirited Croatia were equally dominant in the second session as they were u the first session and yet again this was France who scored in quick succession of I double the lead.
One minute before an hour mark Pogba scored on his second attemp on Mbappe cross. Five minutes later teenage sensation Mbappe scored from outside the box to give France 4-1 lead and making Croatian come back an uphill task to accomplish.
Croatia pulled back one in the 69th minute through Mario Mandzukic. is bearing down on him, Super Mario charges Hugo Lloris on back pass and intercepted Hugo´s pass to get a touch on the ball that rolled over the goal-line.
The goal brought in hope for Croatian but France held well to become the Championship of the World.
Full-time: France 4-2 Croatia
90+2: Yellow card Sime Vrsaljko
90: Five minutes of added time
81: Substitution for Croatia, Ivan Strinic OFF Marko Pjaca IN
81: Substitution for France, Olivier Giroud OFF Nabil Fekir IN
73: Substitution for France, Blaise Matuidi OFF Corentin Tolisso IN
71: Substitution for Croatia, Ante Rebic OFF Andrej Kramaric IN
69: Goal!! Mario Mandzukic scores for Croatia
65: Goal!! Kylian Mbappe scored for France
59: Goal!! Paul Pogba scored for France
55: Substitution for France, NGolo Kante OFF Steven NZonzi IN
46: Second half kicks off
Half-time: France 2-1 Croatia
45: Three minutes added
41: Yellow card Lucas Hernandez
38: Penalty Goal by Antoine Griezmann scores for France
28: Goal!! Ivan Perisic scored for Croatia
27: Yellow card NGolo Kante
18: Own Goal by Mario Mandzukic
1: First half kick off
Croatia subs: Dominik Livakovic, Vedran Corluka, Mateo Kovacic, Andrej Kramaric, Lovre Kalinic, Tin Jedvaj, Filip Bradaric, Duje Caleta-Car, Milan Badelj, Marko Pjaca, Josip Pivaric.
Croatia line-up: Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic; Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic.
France subs: Prensel Kimpembe, Thomas Lemar, Ousmane Dembele, Corentin Tolisso, Steven NZonzi, Steve Mandanda, Adil Rami, Nabil Fekir, Djibril Sidibe, Florian Thauvin, Benjamin Mendy, Alphonse Areola.
France line-up: Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; NGolo Kante, Paul Pogba; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi; Olivier Giroud.