France wins 2018 World Cup with stunning 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow

 

 

 

France have won the ?2018 World Cup following a stunning victory over Croatia in Sunday’s final in Moscow.

The record setting match saw French coach, Didier Deschamps become the third person in history to win the trophy as both a player and a manager, after Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo, while ?Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager since Pele to score in a World Cup final.

Croatia started the game on the front foot but ultimately fell behind through a Mario Mandzukic own goal. They did equalise, however, thanks to a thunderous strike from Ivan Perisic from the edge of the box.

History was made in the closing moments of the first half as Perisic was punished for handball – reviewed with the use of VAR – and Antoine Griezmann cooly tucked away a penalty to give France a 2-1 lead at half time.

France moved out of sight after the break though, scoring twice in quick succession through Paul Pogba and Mbappe.

A terrible mistake from Hugo Lloris allowed Mandzukic to pull one back and make things interesting, but France held on to seal their second World Cup trophy win following their win on home soil in 1998.

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