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WORLD CUP 2018: France Becomes World Cup 2018 Champion After Defeating Croatia 4-2

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France Becomes World Cup 2018 Champion After Defeating Croatia 4-2

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – While this is Croatia’s first trip to a World Cup final, France won the tournament exactly 20 years ago.

Mario Mandzukic scores a perfect goal in the 69th minute, making the score 4-2 in an attempt to catch up to France.

Kylian Mbappe scored France’s fourth goal in the game in the 65th minute just after Paul Pogba’s scored the team’s third goal in the 59th minute, kicking the ball two times after a perfect pass from Griezmann.


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During the first time of the game, the referee took his time to make his decision and gave a penalty shot to France.

Antoine Griezmann made it 2-1 in the France-Croatia match the World Cup’s first penalty kick in the 38th minute.



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Hernandez slid into Rebic on the right flank, receiving a yellow card in the 41st minute.

Kante received a yellow card in the 27th minute of the match.

Ivan Perisic made it 1-1 in the 29th minute of the match, equalizing the score.



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Mandzukic touched the ball and scores the first goal off Griezmann’s free-kick in between his own net in the 18th minute of the match.

It was the first “own goal” in a World Cup final.

Four people ran onto the field during the second half of the match, stopping the game for a minute.

France, who are looking to lift their second World Cup trophy, are squaring off against Croatia in the final in Moscow’s 78,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium.



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The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was used for the first time in a FIFA World Cup final during the final game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between France and Croatia.

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In the semi-finals, Croatia earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over England through Mario Mandzukic’s goal in the 109th minute to secure their spot in the finals. Croatia, whose previous best was a third-place finish at the 1998 World Cup, have advanced to the final for the first time in their history.

France’s national team defeated the Belgian squad 1-0 to reach the finals.

France, which claimed the country’s only World Cup title on home turf in 1998, will be playing in their third final in 20 years. The team’s current head coach Deschamps was the captain of the World Cup-winning squad back in 1998.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 15, 2018 at 01:57PM

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