France wins 2018 FIFA World Cup
By Erel Cabatbat
Les Bleus’ biggest stars delivered in the biggest game of their careers as France defeated Croatia, 4-2 to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored a goal apiece as France won the game despite Croatia dominating the title game.
Croatia actually scored the game’s first two goals with Mario Mandzukic gifting France a header into his net in the 18th minute.
France’s lead, however, only lasted 10 minutes as Ivan Perisic turned a set piece into an equalizer with screamer in the 28th minute.
Griezmann retook the lead for Les Bleus with a nifty shot from the spot in the 38th minute to beat Croatian keeper Danijel Subasic after Perisic was adjudged to have handled the ball to give France a penalty kick.
France further padded the advantage in the 59th when Mbappe created an opportunity for Pogba who showed he can launch a rocket whether using his right of left leg.
Then it was Mbappe’s turn to set yet another record as he became the youngest player since Pele to score a goal in a World Cup title game.
The Paris St. Germain striker rifled a long shot past Croatian goal keeper in the 65th minute for a commanding 4-1 advantage for France. But Croatia refused to die yet despite France’s lead.
Four minutes later Mandzukic pounced on ridiculous Hugo Lloris’ error in the 69th minute to inject life back into the game.
Lloris, however, took good care of the ball the rest of the game to make up for his unfortunate blunder and ensure France wins its second World Cup title in the last 20 years.
France’s coach Didier Deschamps became the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach. Deschamps, as team captain, won the World Cup in 1998 with Les Bleus.