France lead 2-1 against Croatia as Griezmann scores penalty

16 July, 2018, 06:29 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • The majestic Luzhniki Stadium a veritable Russian monument struggled to stay intact with the eruption of Croatian celebrations

France is the second-youngest team at this World Cup, and you hope that in the future Deschamps (or whoever coaches France) will give his players a bit more freedom to do what they're capable of.

France have broken Croatian hearts to win one of the most dramatic finals in World Cup history.

Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league, was born months after France won its only other World Cup title in 1998.

France saw off Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in 90 minutes to reach the final in Russian Federation, while Croatia had to come from a goal down and survive extra time in all three of their matches in the knockout rounds.

In this composite image a comparison has been made between Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba of France and Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic of Croatia.

Croatia dominated possession, but couldn't convert it into goals.

Mario Fernandes late equaliser took the game to penalties though, where Danijel Subasic was again the hero, making one save, and watching another wide as Croatia became the first side to win two penalty shootouts at a World Cup since Argentina in 1990. Griezmann converted and France carried a 2-1 lead into the half.

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Mbappe, 19, netted the goal in the 65th minute.

Croatia had to, for the fourth game running, come from behind after Mario Mandzukic scored an own goal to put France ahead.

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.

France, who are looking to lift their second World Cup trophy, are squaring off against Croatia in the final in Moscow's 78,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium. "The French did not surprise us, we let in two soft goals coupled with an own goal and a penalty". The first-ever World Cup Final penalty awarded by VAR. "It wasn't always easy, but by working hard, listening, they are on top of the world for four years".

Croatia's shirtless fans rightly saluted their players as torrential rain lashed down on the presentation ceremony and coach Zlatko Dalic had few regrets.

On this evidence and the youth of the swashbuckling French champions, this side just might dominate worldwide football for years to come.

Mississauga has a proud, tight-knit Croatian-Canadian community, said Erica Zlomislic, who works with the Croatian Heritage Association.

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