Live Blog: France vs Croatia World Cup Final

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 15, 2018 22:46 hrs

So France win their second world title, thanks to a 4-2 victory over Croatia. You feel Croatia was hard done by the penalty decision but France were by far the better team. This is one World Cup final that all will remember for an own goal, a penalty goal, a comedy goal & 3 memorable goals!

Stewards drag a woman who invaded the pitch during the final match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.


69th minute: What a game! An error from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris leads to Mario Mandzukic scoring for Croatia to make it 4-2. What an error by the French keeper! If Croatia can get one more, this will be an epic finale!

65th minute: It is all France at the moment! Croatia players look like they are still stunned by the Pogba goal. In the 65th minute, Kylian Mbappe takes a shot from distance. Subasic does not react quickly enough and it is 4-1 to France.


59th minute: Paul Pogba makes it 3-1 to France with a long distance thunderbolt in the 59th minute. After he started the move, he takes a shot from the edge of the area which was blocked. But he follows up on the rebound with a left footer than bulges the net and makes it advantage France!

At Half Time, it is advantage France. But Croatia have trailed in all their knockout matches this World Cup. They have also taken all of them into extra time and won it. There is no reason why they can't do it again.

38th minute: Perisic handles the ball inside the box and after consulting VAR, the referee awards a penalty to France. Antoine Griezmann steps up to score the penalty and make it 2-1 for France in the 38th minute.

The first ever own goal in a World Cup final by Mario Mandzukic in the 18th minute and a stinging equaliser by Ivan Perisic in the 29th minute has brought the game alive. 

 

29th minute: Ivan Perisic pulls one back immediately for Croatia to make it 1-1 vs France in the World Cup final. Game on!

18th minute: Mario Mandzukic becomes the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup final, giving France a 1-0 lead against Croatia.

France who previously clinched the title in 1998 under Didier Deschamps as Captain, are chasing their second shot at glory with him as coach.

France are looking to win their second World Cup title while Croatia are playing their first-ever final. After 30 days of World Cup, it boils down to these 90 minutes.


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