France kicks aside Croatia to claim second World Cup crown

Angelo Anderson
July 15, 2018

Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Raphael Varane have the chance to do something Sunday only 10 players have done in the history of the game: win the Champions League and the World Cup in the same year. The Paris Saint-Germain star has shown glimpses of greatness and has bagged three goals in six games thus far. You should be able to log in to Fox Sports Go regardless, but better safe than sorry (especially with the World Cup final on the line).

France soundly defeated Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final on Sunday, lifting the trophy for the first time since 1998.

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With an average age of 26, France had the second youngest team in the tournament, and their golden generation featuring Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are set to return home as heroes.

Croatia, with a population of just 4.17 million, is appearing in its first World Cup final, and fans were determined not to be outnumbered in the Russian capital.

There was also the added stress of two penalty shoot-outs.

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He scored twice in the 4-3 victory over Argentina in the round of 16 and the only goal in the 1-0 group-stage victory over Peru.

With their last three matches going to extra time, they have played a full 90 minutes more than France.

FRANCE 2, AUSTRALIA 1: Les Bleus need a penalty from Antoine Griezmann and a late own-goal to get by Australia, an underwhelming start in a group they are heavily favored to win. The phenom scores twice and draws a penalty that Griezmann converts for a third, with a wonderful strike by Benjamin Pavard tucked in between.

Meanwhile, France is in fine form but is certainly the team under the most pressure, having lost the final of Euro 2016 at home.

But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half. There is a reason why no team has ever taken this path to the final before - there is only so many miles men can run before they collapse.

Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia, first to equalize in the 28th minute and later as a consolation goal in the 69th, embarrassing Lloris with a flicked shot as the France goalkeeper tried to dribble the ball out of his goalmouth.

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