France Ends 20-year Itch, Lifts Second FIFA World Cup

Annette Crawford
July 16, 2018

Before getting on the scoresheet himself though, Mbappe earned the penalty that saw France go 1-0 up with a blistering burst of pace.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was a key member of the French side which won the 2018 World Cup, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final.

French fans were equally as glued to the screen at Alliance Francaise in St Kilda, erupting with pride as they seized World Cup glory again two decades after first doing so.

The high-voltage final later witnessed a major twist in the 38th minute, as the referee gave France a penalty after Perisic's arm was not in a natural position as the ball struck his hand.

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen tweeted: "Bravo to the French team!"

The sheer grit of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and even Dejan Lovren. managed to dig in against England.

"We've definitely written ourselves into history, given the conditions and infrastructure back home, we are a miracle", he added.

Meanwhile, Croatia was one of this year's World Cup's most notable underdogs.

After Gareth Southgate's Three Lions take on Roberto Martinez's Belgium in a third-place fixture on Saturday, Le Bleus and "Vatreni" will close the curtains at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday after which one will be crowned the champions. This is the country's first time holding the title since 1998, and everyone was celebrating.

But shockingly, after much deliberation, the penalty was given by referee Nestor Pitana.

At an estimated cost of over 14.2 billion dollars, it is the most expensive World Cup ever.

Now there have been 161 goals scored in 62 matches, for an average of 2.6 goals per match.

Then, as Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic walked toward the tunnel to leave the field, his heels were nearly clipped by some exuberant France players who were sliding on their bellies and their behinds across the soaked grass toward a bank of photographers beside a group of state presidents.

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