France beats Croatia to win 2nd World Cup

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Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when play was held up by four protesters who ran onto the field in the second half. "It will be a special match because it is a World Cup final and we have to stay in our bubble to focus on the ultimate goal".

Perisic then became the fall guy when after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) consultation, handed a penalty to France after he was deemed to have outstretched his left hand from a corner kick.

After thw final whistle, 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.

"How marvellous", Deschamps said having been carried shoulder high around the pitch by his players in a post-match downpour. "It wasn't always easy, but by working hard, listening, they are on top of the world for four years". Some are champions at the age of 19. Fourteen, to be exact, from the 23 players who made up the squad two years ago.

Pitana consulted VAR when the ball connected with Ivan Perisic's hand inside the Croatia penalty area and judged that the winger had deliberately blocked it, awarding a spot-kick that was scored by Antoine Griezmann to make it 2-1 to France at that time. A fine Croatian set-piece routine ended up with the ball finding Ivan Perisic at the edge of the box, the Inter wingers strike flew past French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and into France's net.

Everton win farcical pre-season friendly 22-0
You wouldn't even see that sort of nonsense happen on Federation Internationale de Football Association , for crying out loud. Everton surely wouldn't have learned anything from today's match.

Ignoring more Croatian protests, Griezmann stroked the ball home in the 38th minute for his fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018.

Even though they were beaten 4-2 the Croatia football fans turned out en masse in Zagreb.

Lloris has been prone to mistakes on occasion, and he'd had a solid World Cup until gifting Mandzukic Croatia's second goal. Another big effort in the final could solidify his place as one of the world's next big superstars, winning the World Cup title that's eluded the likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in their respective careers.

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

Mississauga has a proud, tight-knit Croatian-Canadian community, said Erica Zlomislic, who works with the Croatian Heritage Association. "We dominated and then the penalty was given". "We are far from thinking on our side that we have already reached the goal".

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