France Crowned Champions. The final of 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup was played between France and Croatia. In this extremely exciting match, France defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the FIFA World Cup 2018 title. With this France lift the World Cup Trophy after 20 years for the second time.
Croatia had reached the final for the very first time but they had to be satisfied with the runners-up title. There were total six goals scored in this match.
France had earlier won its first FIFA World Cup title in 1998. After that they had reached the final in 2006, but they had to face defeat against Italy. This was the third opportunity when France had reached the final and second time they have won it.
In the final match, Antoine Griezmann was chosen as the Man of the Match for his outstanding performance. Let’s have a look how France Crowned Champions.
The First Half:
In the 18th minute of the first half, the own goal was scored by Croatia and it proved to be fantastic for France. With the help of this goal, France made a 1-0 lead in Croatia. Actually, Antoine Griezmann’s free kick hit the head of Croatian Mario Mandzukic, and the ball went into the goalpost.
France were ahead by one goal, but Croatia improved their mistake by scoring a goal in the 28th minute and leveling the score to 1-1. For Croatia, Ivan Perisic scored a goal by putting a shot on the free kick and leveled the team.
In the 38th minute of the game from France, Griezmann again scored a goal on penalty to give his team a 2-1 lead.
The Second Half:
In the 59th minute of the play, Paul Pogba of France scored another goal for his team and almost ensured the team’s victory. After this goal, France’s lead was 3-1.
Kylian Mbappé scored a goal in the 65th minute of the game and became the second teenager to score a goal in FIFA World Cup Final history after the all-time great Pele himself.
Right after this, Croatia scored a goal and made score 4-2. In the 69th minute of the game for Croatia, Mario Mandžukić scored the goal. Croatia’s effort continued after the second goal, but the French team did not give them any chance after that and hence France finished the match as winner.