How football world reacted to France's win over Croatia

Toby Graves
July 16, 2018

Kylian Mbappe and the French team have blown away expectations during their run to the final.

Much like the past month, the final had everything.

France and Croatia went head-to-head on Sunday in Moscow to compete for the 2018 World Cup championship.

It was one match too far for Croatia as France won their second World Cup in an enthralling match that featured six goals, two of them controversial, at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium last night.

Crashes of thunder and the occasional downpour only added to the occasion, already the biggest stage in sport.

Both teams failed to covert good chances early in the second half, but as the match neared an hour, France did convert.

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.

France fans let off flares as they celebrate in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Prior to the third-place game, 43.48% (70/161) of the goals at this World Cup have come from set pieces.

France is the champion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, besting Croatia by 4 goals to 2. A major boost for France in the first half was an unexpected own goal by Mario Mandzukic, which gave them an immediate lead, followed by a penalty that, where they scored again.

Perisic responded, winning a free kick that he would eventually score from.

Ivan Perisic equalised moments later but a VAR decision saw the tables turned on Perisic, as his hand ball earned France a spot kick, which Antoine Griezmann converted to send France into the break ahead.

But the only statistic France really care about is that the result makes them world champions for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

Shortly after several pitch invaders briefly interrupted proceedings, the third French goal arrived in the 59th minute, with Pogba striking off a pass from Griezmann.

Then Kylian Mbappe drilled in from 25 yards out to become only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic looked unable to get down to save Mbappe's effort as France steamrolled the underdogs.

Croatia's goals were scored by Perisic and Mandzukic (on a howler by Hugo Lloris), while Luka Modric has the consolation of going home with the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

To watch this high octane encounter, French President Emmanuel Macron, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among the 10 country leaders present at the venue, which had around 80,000 capacity in total.

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