France are the Champions of the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 4-2 victory over Croatia in a very entertaining final at the Luzhniki Stadium.
The 2018 World Cup Final had a bit of everything – an own goal, a controversial VAR-awarded penalty and an embarrassing goalkeeping howler – making it the joint second highest scoring final
Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic’s scored a rather unfortunate own goal to give France the lead, but Ivan Perisic restored parity 10 minutes later to give Croatia a deserved equaliser.
Antoine Griezmann’s contentious spot kick – which was awarded by referee Nestor Pitana after a lengthy VAR deliberation – put France back in front going into half time, and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe effectively wrapped up the victory in the second half.
A Hugo Lloris error which saw him gift Mandzukic a goal almost handed Croatia a route back into the match with just over 20 minutes remaining, but France saw the game out to repeat their heroics of 1998 and become only the sixth team to have won the trophy more than once.
Mario Mandzukic became the first player to ever score an own goal in a World Cup final
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