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News Article  | World Cup 2018

France Secure Second World Cup Title After Six-Goal Thriller

2018 World Cup Report: France v Croatia 15 July 2018

By SL International - Jul 15, 2018 06:56 PM

2018 World Cup Final 

Result: France 4-2 Croatia

Date: 14 July 2018

Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Click through the gallery to see the best images of the game!

France were crowned World Champions for the second time after goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe guided them to a 4-2 win over Croatia in the final Sunday evening.

Both coaches had no suspensions or injury worries ahead of the clash and could name their strongest available line-ups.

There was not a lot to separate the two sides in the early stages of the encounter, although Croatia did look a bit more livelier than their French counterparts.

However, it was France who broke the deadlock with their first real attack as Mario Mandzukic, who netted the winner against England, deflected Antoine Griezmann's free-kick into his own net after 17 minutes.

Croatia did not seem affected by the goal as they were rewarded with an equalsier on 28 minutes as Ivan Perisic skipped past N'Golo Kante before sending a fine volley into the far corner.

France were then afforded a chance to restore their lead when they were awarded a penalty with the consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the 37th minute.

Griezmann took responsibility and calmly slotted away the spot-kick to restore Les Blues' lead, while netting his fourth goal of the tournament.

That proved to be the final piece of action in the half as Didier Deschamps' men took a lead into the break.

Ante Rebic almost got the equaliser for the Croats two minutes after the break with a peach of a strike but France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris tipped the strike over the crossbar.

The contest was opening up towards the hour as Didier Deschamps’ charges were looking to exploit the space left behind by the Croats who were desperate for the equaliser.

Paul Pogba eventually gave Les Bleus a 3-1 lead on the hour-mark with a beautiful left-footed strike from just outside the box after his initial through ball had split the Croatia defence wide open.

Kylian Mbappe rubbed salt into wounds in the 65th minute, netting with a sweet right-footed strike from just outside the box to give France a commanding 4-1 lead.

Mandzukic gave Croatia some hope 20 minutes before time profiting from a horrible error by France goalkeeper Lloris whose attempted clearance gifted the striker a simple tap-in.

The Croats kept on pushing to get back into the game but France did not give much away at the back and a two-goal cushion gave them the edge in the end as they closed a memorable victory for their second World Cup title.


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59’ Paul Pogba

65’ Kylian Mbappe

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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 16, 2018 06:06 AM
@Ricworld well said its really pathetic to claim French players as our own now cause they won the world cup, most of those "African" players have never even sat foot in Africa. If they were indeed African they'll be representing their respective African countries...even after the match they were running around with the French flags,Yes we can celebrate black players winning the world cup but to say Africa has won the world cup that's just rubbish, Africa has failed dismally at this world cup due to their corruption and lack of hard work, which is a story for another day
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roger-fetumba Jul 16, 2018 05:27 AM
What a good weekend of foitball Belgium gets the bronze medal, Zebra won the Maize Cup.....and France top it up by winning the WORLD CUP!!!!
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Zothani_Linda Jul 16, 2018 04:31 AM
Refugees won yes...
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fanist Jul 16, 2018 12:18 AM
Applause to Croatian coach for being in the final after joining the national team for only nine months ago. Others need years to archive wat he did.
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fanist Jul 16, 2018 12:14 AM
I feel pain for Croatia to me they deserved a victory
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Sanchez Alexis Jul 15, 2018 11:19 PM
Two things which contributed to Croatia's downfall are; 1. An owngoal 2. Dubious VAR penalty Let them introduce this var here in Mzansi we'll set all stadiums alight.
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Mzi4Pool Jul 15, 2018 10:53 PM
France the same nation that oppressed our fellow Africans in the west and central Africa, disappointed
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Ricworld Jul 15, 2018 10:20 PM
What’s all this noise about French players being of African origin?Those guys won the WC for their beloved country not for Africa , it’s high time we start doing things the right way and stop celebrating other people’s success......pathetic cows!!!!
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Michaeltshigama Jul 15, 2018 09:56 PM
Mandzukic scored an own goal in 17 minutes n his wearing jersey number 17 n by the way the was no way Croatia could have beaten France... France has a lot of talented players n play as a team n they possess nice skills, bravo Les Blues
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Kidos Jul 15, 2018 08:59 PM
Where is Neymar and Alves whom are jealously, and emotionally abuse Mbappe calling him names and said is a cow in front of team mates at PSG dressing room? They failed to win the world cup
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murendeni joe Jul 15, 2018 08:59 PM
Congrats to France, their coach won the world cup as a team captain and he won it again as a coach and that makes him most decorated member in France football history
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kingMzu84 Jul 15, 2018 08:46 PM
Safa must fire Baxter now nd hire someone who wl take us to 2022 fifa world cup
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pato Jul 15, 2018 08:30 PM
@Kidos gagaga they are going to kill you with their father figure.....
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kingMzu84 Jul 15, 2018 08:19 PM
Without African playes France wud b ordinary team lyk Scotland
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Le005 Jul 15, 2018 08:04 PM
Africa won the World Cup indirectly.
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Kidos Jul 15, 2018 07:48 PM
France has lifted world cup trophy, while other team has lifted a bag of 12,5kg yellow mealie mealie. Congratulations to both teams
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KK-kELLS Jul 15, 2018 07:48 PM
Ngolo Kante was their backbone, he's an unsung hero...credit to him...the should be the player of the tournament or Griezmann
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Ntsunda112 Jul 15, 2018 07:47 PM
This French team has 14 African roots players
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blackmeteor Jul 15, 2018 07:23 PM
Consolation price to Modric, but credit to him........
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blackmeteor Jul 15, 2018 07:22 PM
Croatian President loves Mbappe!

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