What a final! French Four Two good for Croatian courage

16 July, 2018, 06:29 | Author: Christina Harvey
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Fans across the world - in Moscow, Paris, and Zagreb, but also London and NY - were in great noise as the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation came to its conclusion on Sunday.

Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.

France are World Cup winners for the second time after beating Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling final which featured a series of firsts, including an own goal and a penalty awarded after a video review.

Coming out for the second half, France then showed there was too much individual quality in their side as Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba scored fantastic goals to put them 4-1 ahead. "The crowd absolutely erupted as soon as the final whistle sounded, all 80,000 of those packed in the fan zone".

There was the first-ever use of VAR in a World Cup final - with the outcome splitting opinions - as well as a awful goalkeeping error and a teenager making history.

France won their first World Cup championship 20 years ago in 1998.

Croatia were on top again after the break but France held out and went 3-1 up on the hour as Mbappe and Griezmann combined to set up Pogba on the edge of the box. The likes of Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane are all still young so this French team could dominate world football for years to come.

On their way to that success, Les Bleus overcame Croatia in the semi-final and Zlatko Dalic's men will be hoping Sunday will be the moment they take their revenge and win Croatia their first World Cup. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic lead a very impressive team that came from behind to beat England, 2-1, in the semifinals. The French "golden generation" has brought home France's second World Cup trophy. Moreover, while many commemorated France's win, others also appreciated Croatia for their performance in this world cup.

There were wild scenes on the streets of Paris following France's World Cup victory.

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

Despite Croatia having 61 percent possession in the game, France never panicked in the final and finally got paid off for their versatility, accuracy and strength.

"But I don't think it's true that we got carried away, even if there was a lot of euphoria".



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