France overpower Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup final

16 July, 2018, 06:29 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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Deschamps, France's captain 20 years ago, was lifted up by his players on the field and flung into the air several teams and caught.

Croatia, beaten by the French in the semi-finals in their first World Cup appearance in 1998, continued to press but their energy was sapped and France safely held out.

Deschamps has now won the tournament as a player and coach after Les Bleus clinched the 1998 edition on home soil.

The teams met at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, ending the month-long tournament played across Russian Federation.

Croatia have played in three straight extra-time games (two went to penalties), the equivalent of one more game compared to France.

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With an average age of 26, France had the second youngest team in the tournament, and their golden generation featuring Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are set to return home as heroes.

Should any of them fail to surpass Kane, the Tottenham man would become only the second ever England player to win the prize, after Gary Lineker also hit six at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

As for Mbappé, he got his goal as well, taking advantage of Croatia's second-half fatigue, particularly Domagoj Vida (who was sort of attempting to defend him) and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, with a perfectly place low blast from long range. They deserved to win.

Congrats to France! The 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar.

Outcast forward Karim Benzema congratulated France on their thrilling World Cup final triumph on Sunday.

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15, 2018: France's players, the winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, during an award ceremony after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final match between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium.

It was the 19-year-old's fourth of the tournament and the first goal by a teenager in the World Cup final since Pele for Brazil in 1958.

Croatia opened the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Nigeria in their traditional red and white checkers. "The French did not surprise us, we let in two soft goals coupled with an own goal and a penalty". Without being brilliant today, they scored four goals, which gives an idea about France's level, and their coach's one. The Croatian striker, the hero with his late victor against England, only got the faintest of touches but it was enough to deflect the ball past Danijel Subasic.

Mississauga has a proud, tight-knit Croatian-Canadian community, said Erica Zlomislic, who works with the Croatian Heritage Association.

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Of the tournament's star players, Romelu Lukaku has performed as strongly as we expected him to. The players gave everything and were pushing until the last second to get back in the game.

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