And France, again, are the champions of the World

And France, again, are the champions of the World

15 Jul 2018, 19:45

France has ended a twenty-year-old dry spell by beating Croatia 4-2 to lift the FIFA 2018 World Cup title on foreign soil.

Didier Deschamps, who lifted the trophy in 1998 surely has lifted again as a coach in Moscow. Les Bleus hit their first goal in the 18th minute through an own goal by Mario Mandzukic. Mandzukic redeemed himself by netting the second goal for the Croats after Hugo Lloris fumbled with a back pass. Mandzukic was the hero in the semi-finals when he scored the goal that booked them the first ever finals. 

Ivan Perisic leveled for Ante Dalic's side but the Inter Milan star was adjudged controversially to have handled the ball in the box. VAR was relied upon and it awarded France a first ever World Cup final penalty.

Griezmann and Paul Pogba scored their goals from outside the 12-yard box. First ever goals to be scored from outside the box in the finals. Pitch invasion by the Pussy Riot in the 52nd minute preceded the surely superb goals by Pogba and second ever teenager to score in the finals: Mbappe.

Deschamps joins a club of three players to lift the gong both as a player and a coach. He captained the side that won at home in 1998.

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