How to Watch France vs Croatia

Ruben Ruiz
July 15, 2018

France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. All Russian President Vladimir Putin might remember is the Pussy Riot protest.

France has won the World Cup by defeating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.

France then looked to have clinched the game as Mbappe drilled home a fourth from distance with the 19-year-old becoming just the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup final.

The four people who charged onto the field in the 52nd minute simultaneously in what appeared to be old-fashioned police uniforms were tackled to the ground by stewards, but not before one shared a high five with a French player in the center circle. That's double the previous World Cup record of six. France's attackers have been curiously quiet since the Round of 16, but Kylian Mbappe or Antoine Griezmann will re-assume the goal-scoring burden in the final.

The goalkeeper said the team were not being swept up by the wave of celebrations back home and were keeping their focus firmly on their shot of earning a second World Cup title after 1998 when they take on the Croatians in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

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Instead, it is a gifted French side with the second-youngest squad at the tournament, embodied by the lightning-quick Mbappe, who face a Croatian team inspired by Luka Modric, arguably the finest midfielder in the world at the moment.

After his tireless running exhausted the Croatian defence, it was only fitting that Mbappe himself got on the scoresheet, hitting a sweetly-struck effort from the edge of the penalty area with which Danijel Subasic stood no chance. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front.

Griezmann's corner was delivered toward Blaise Matuidi at the near post, with Perisic knocking the ball behind for what was perceived to be another corner kick.

France won all three knockout ties inside 90 minutes and have had an extra day to recover for the final.

France eventually got going and they took the lead from their first big chance. Perisic replicated the Croatian press on the opposite flank, winning the ball off Stuttgart's Benjamin Pavard who, like his teammates in blue, was struggling to settle. Mario Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer of Germany are the others.

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