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Croatia, beaten by the French in the semi-finals in their first World Cup appearance in 1998, continued to press but their energy was sapped and France safely held out. The last player to score a goal in the regular 90 minutes of a World Cup Final was Marco Materazzi, for Italy against France in 2006.

Much like the past month, the final had everything.

Sliding across the rain-soaked turf holding the World Cup trophy tight, teenager Kylian Mbappe and the rest of France's players acted like the youthful bunch they are.

Croatia had started full of energy but fell behind when Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time victor against England in the semi-final, became the first man to score an own goal in a World Cup final when a Griezmann free-kick skidded in off his head in the 18th minute.

Croatia and France will face off for the biggest prize in football as the two European nations meet in the World Cup Final this afternoon.

But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half.

But French fans didn't care about the rain in Moscow, they had other thing son their mind. Both French goals came in extremely fortunate circumstances and Croatia would've felt extremely aggrieved to be behind at the break. Croatia came back and tied the game, before France racked up three more goals. Griezmann won a soft free-kick wide on the right and his delivery into the area was flicked into his own net by the unfortunate Mandzukic. In the 17th minute, a questionable foul call against Marcelo Brozovic on Griezmann set up a free kick for Griezmann about 10 yards outside the box.


The indefatigable Luka Modric's floated ball fell to the left winger, who turned N'Golo Kante to thrash home with a deflection from Raphael Varane.

"Of course we know what's happening in France, all the more so after seeing all the images after the Belgium game".

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic looked unable to get down to save Mbappe's effort as France steamrolled the underdogs.

But Perisic was at the centre of the controversy that led to France's second goal in the 38th minute.

When they needed to find another gear in the final 20 minutes, the task was simply too tough. All Russian President Vladimir Putin might remember is the Pussy Riot protest.

France coach Didier Deschamps was thrown into the air in a celebration by his players after becoming just the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.


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