France beat Croatia 4-2 to seal World Cup title

Last Updated: Mon, Jul 16, 2018 01:17 hrs

France beat Croatia in an eventful World Cup final in Moscow that ended 4-2. They now have won 2 World Cup titles, having previously won on home soil in 1998.

Croatia have reasons to feel unlucky because it was a debatable penalty decision that changed the game when it was locked at 1-1.

Earlier, Mario Mandzukic had become the first person to score an own goal in a World Cup final when his error gave France a 1-0 lead.

That's when the penalty decision happened. The referee did not think Perisic had handled the ball inside the area but after checking VAR, he changed his mind.

Antoine Griezmann scored his fourth goal of the World Cup from the ensuing spotkick.

After that it was all France. Paul Pogba scored from a long-range effort before Kylian Mbappe did the same, his fourth strike of the World Cup.

With twenty minutes left, Mandzukic scored a second for Croatia giving them some brief hope at 4-2. He is now the only person to score for both teams in a World Cup final.

But it was a little too late for Croatia, who tried their best but could not break open a superior France team that was determined to win the title.

Mbappe picked up the Best Young Player award while Luka Modric won the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player of the World Cup.

And so a brilliant World Cup that had plenty of surprises and had some beautiful goals comes to an end. France are the new world champions!

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