In one of the most exciting World Cup finals of the modern era, the just ended Russia ’18 finals was one to watch as a young French side overcame the Golden age of Croatian talents to win thier second world title in history after FRANCE ’98.
Croatia were the better side in the 1st half, they equalised courtesy a Ivan Perisic’s left-foot finish after France took the lead after 18 minutes when a Griezmann’s free-kick deflected in off Mario Mandzukic’s head. France in few minutes to half-time were awarded a penalty after a lengthy VAR consultation, which saw Griezmann take on the spot to equalise.
During the second half, France looked composed and wrapped up the half with two strikes under six minutes from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.
The Croatians showed unending spirit and threatened a comeback when Mandzukic took advantage of goalkeeper Lloris hesitating clearance to pull a goal back. But France ended as 4 – 2 winners to lift the World Cup 2018. This was the first final win for Deschamps and his men after the defeat in 2016 Euros.