France are FIFA World Cup 2018 winners: France vs Croatia Highlights and Reactions

France beat Croatia 4-2 to win their second World Cup title at the end of what turned out to be one of the greatest finals the tournament has ever seen.

Written by Rohit Mundayur , Natasha Singh , Karan Prashant Saxena | Updated: July 16, 2018 8:46:53 am
Paul Pogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the World Cup. (Source: REUTERS)

France vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights: This World Cup has been one in which making predictions had been turned into a futile exercise and so it is only fitting that it ended with a six-goal thriller. At the Luzhniki stadium on Sunday, we saw the first ever own goal to be scored in a final, the first ever VAR penalty, a goalkeeping blooper and three absolute beauties from Perisic, Pogba and Mbappe to square it all off. Mbappe was also the first teenager to score in the World Cup final since a certain Brazilian called Pele did so a long time back. Didier Deschamps lifted the World Cup trophy as captain of France in 1998, he did so again as as manager of his natonal team.

FT

15 Jul

Luzhniki Stadium

France

4
  • 18’ Mario Mandzukic
  • 38’ Antoine Griezmann
  • 59’ Paul Pogba
  • 65’ Kylian Mbappe
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Croatia

  • 28’ Ivan Perisic
  • 69’ Mario Mandzukic

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France vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018 Final: Highlights and reactions in Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali and Tamil.

03:07 (IST) 16 Jul 2018
So that's it then

This may be the umpteenth time you are reading this but it is the truth; this World Cup has given us everything. It gave us some high octane football at almost every turn and the likes of Belgium and Croatia finally stepped up on the biggest stage of them all. But it is also important to note that this year we saw a number of teams punching above their weights, including hosts Russia themselves, at a time when FIFA's decision to expand the 2026 tournament to include 48 teams has got a polarised response. 

Finally, there are the champions. France's much-awaited golden age is finally here. The national team has been steadily receiving talented players over the past few years and their strength was on display on the 2016 Euros. They fell at the final hurdle on that instance but not this time. Once they got a grip on the match, they never let go and converted almost every chance they got to score. They are worthy champions. That's it from here but we will be putting up more reactions and analyses over the next few hours. Keep an eye on this space for more. 

A rooster, a symbol of France, and two stars indicating two World Cup wins, are projected onto the Arc de Triomphe. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
02:43 (IST) 16 Jul 2018
Looking back (Part 1)

So in case you somehow missed all of this despite it being a Sunday evening affair, here is a rundown of what happened: You missed one of the greatest World Cup finals ever played. There was an own goal, a VAR penalty, Ivan Perisic, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored beauties and the latter became the only teenager other than Pele to have scored in the World Cup final. The Brazilian took notice of that and seems to be a bit worried about his record.

23:44 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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French President Emmanuel Macron during the match. (Source: AP)
Pogba has had a star turn this tournament. (Source: Reuters)
The air inside the stadium was filled with rain and confetti as France lifted the World Cup. (Source: Reuters)
Deschamps was regarded as one of the greatest captains France have added. He has only extended his legacy. (Source: Reuters)
Hugo Lloris and his daughters celebrate with the trophy. (Source: Reuters)

23:32 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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So where did you watch the World Cup final?

People watch France and Croatia Fifa world cup 2018 final match at the Kube lounge at The Crystal Point Mall, Andheri.Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy. 
People watch France and Croatia Fifa world cup 2018 final match at the Kube lounge at The Crystal Point Mall, Andheri.Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy. 
People watch France and Croatia Fifa world cup 2018 final match at the Kube lounge at The Crystal Point Mall, Andheri.Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy. 
People watch France and Croatia Fifa world cup 2018 final match at the Kube lounge at The Crystal Point Mall, Andheri.Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy. 
23:15 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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Rain and confetti pour from the sky as Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup for his country. 

France lift the World Cup. (Source: Reuters)
23:03 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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Just as the teams come up for their medals, it starts pouring in Russia. The French players, or the country's president Emannuel Macron, who is there on the dais to greet his players, won't mind that one bit. 

23:01 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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PRESENTATIONS: Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot. Thibaut Courtois wins the Golden Glove. Neither present to pick their awards. 

22:59 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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PRESENTATIONS: The World Cup trophy is brought back to the pitch by Philip Lahm where a make-shift dais has been made. 

Kylian Mbappe has won the Young Player of the tournament award. No surprises there of course 

Luka Modric wins the Golden Ball. 

22:56 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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More reactions

22:50 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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Wishes are pouring in for France.

22:28 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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FULL TIME! FRANCE WIN THE 2018 WORLD CUP. The French players stream onto the pitch, Didier Deschamps in tow. He is the third man to win the World Cup as a player and as a manager. The Croatians sink, they will despair but their people will be proud of them. This was one of the greatest finals to have ever decided a World Cup. Luka Modric and co. have made a proud run in this tournament and have established themselves as the greatest team their country has ever produced. It is only fitting that a World Cup that has featured so many great matches ends with a six-goal thriller. 

22:24 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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90+4 mins: Mbappe and Pogba combine down the right and try to find another goal. Pogba squanders possession. Not that France would mind. 

22:20 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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90 mins: Griezmann taken down by Vrsaljko and the referee gives France the free kick. Vrsaljko obviously remonstrates angrily. Five minutes added. 

22:19 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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85 mins: Pjaca could have played Vrsaljko in but the latter is not exactly on the same wavelength as his teammates. Croatia are slowly losing their urgency. 

22:10 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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80 mins: Changes for both sides: France take off Giroud for Fekir, Croatia replace Strinic with Pjaca. They will be playing with a back three of Lovren, Vida and Vrsaljko now. 

22:09 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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76 mins: After that 9-minute period in which we saw three goals (!!!!!) there is a brief lull in the match. Croatia are still holding more of the ball. They are not done yet.

22:01 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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GOAL! France 4-2 Croatia (Mandzukic 69 mins): Well, a good old-fashioned goalkeeping blooper was the only thing missing from this match. Lloris had the ball on his feet, Mandzukic was running towards him in that doubtful way that strikers do. The France keeper simply put the ball into his path and it bounced off Mandzukic's feet and rolls into goal. Lloris probably wanted to make this final more of a competition as Croatia were falling apart up until this point. 

21:57 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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GOAL! France 4-1 Croatia (Kylian Mbappe 65 mins): If that is the last goal to be scored in this World Cup, not many would be unhappy with it. Kylian Mbappe is the first teenager to score a goal in the World Cup final since a certain young Brazilian player called Pele did it a long time ago. Mbappe took a shot from well outside the box along the ground. The placement was perfect and Subasic could not get his hands to it. 

21:50 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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GOAL! France 3-1 Croatia (Paul Pogba 59 mins): Pogba started that move and finished it splendidly. His first shot was blocked but the ball landed straight back onto his feet. He goes for it again, Subasic is wrong-footed and the ball nestles in the back of the net. 20 years after Zinedine Zidane scored in the second half to increase France's lead in the '98 World Cup final over Brazil to two goals, Pogba has done the same. 

21:44 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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54 mins: France make a change: N'Golo Kante is taken off for Steven Nzonzi. That is the first time Kante has been subbed off in this World Cup. A fitness issue is the only way one can explain this decision. 

21:43 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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53 mins: Rakitic with a cross that Mandzukic chases, Lloris also comes off his line to get a hand to it and he inevitably collides with Mandzukic. 

21:40 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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49 mins: Croatia hounding France. Brozovic provides a long ball into the French area for Rebic to get at the end of and Lloris comes outside the box to clear the danger. Croatia are holding possession and France pinned into their third for the moment. 

21:37 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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47 mins: Rakitic plays in Rebic with a perfectly weighted pass into the box, Rebic takes a touch to his left and takes a shot at his neat post, Lloris goes full-stretch to save it. 

21:36 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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A closer look at that penalty decision is indicating that this was a rather harsh decision to give. The ball hit Perisic's hand but there doesn't look anything intentional about it. Perisic was not moving his hand towards the ball. VAR had little role to play in the semi-final and so it has just come back to say hello.

21:27 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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HALF-TIME! France 2-1 Croatia: Yes, you can release your breath for the moment. Over the years, we have seen a series of World Cup finals in which goals have come at a premium. Not this one. Three goals have gone in already. We have seen the first-ever own goal and the first-ever VAR penalty in a World Cup final. In the opening ceremony, Robbie Williams had started off with the song 'Let Me Entertain You.' Who knew that would set up the agenda for the rest of the tournament. 

21:16 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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44 mins: Croatia bombard the French box with consecutive corners. In the second of those, Mario Mandzukic ends up falling on top of Umtiti and the latter's foot is caught in a rather sickening angle between the ground and the Croat's body once they fall. He has to go to the touchline to receive some treatment. Rakitic delivers again once play continues with another express and precise delivery, Vida is in but he could not time his jump properly. 

21:14 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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42 mins: Croatia could have equalised almost immediately. Rebic is unable to find a good connection at the end of a brilliant Perisic cross. It does fall close to Mandzukic in the box but he could not reach quickly enough and Lloris collects. 

21:10 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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GOAL! France 2-1 Croatia (Griezmann 39 mins): Griezmann converts. We have had 40 minutes so far in this final and there has already been three goals. One of them an own goal, another a penalty given thanks to VAR. Have to say, it is difficult to argue with that decision. 

21:08 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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PENALTY FOR FRANCE: And it is also the first to have been taken thanks to VAR. Perisic dealt with a French cross and the ball had hit his hand, something the referee didn't seem to spot earlier. It goes to VAR and referee points to the spot. 

21:01 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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GOAL! France 1-1 Croatia (Ivan Perisic 28 mins): Exactly 10 minutes after conceding, Croatia score at the end of an absolutely brilliant move sparked by Modric's delivery. Modric puts the free kick out to Vrsaljko on the right, the full-back heads into the area, Mandzukic heads it down for Perisic to pick it up. He shifts to his left foot and moves into space to take a shot and makes no mistake with it. 

20:58 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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27 mins: First yellow card of the match goes to N'Golo Kante for a foul on Ivan Perisic. Modric takes the free-kick....

20:55 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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23 mins: Modric swings in a free-kick from near the centre circle and directs deep into the French box, Lloris comes off his line to punch it out. Mandzukic had gone down after a tussle with Pogba during the set-piece routine but the referee doesn't see anything interesting there. 

20:52 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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GOAL! France 1-0 Croatia (Mandzukic OG 18 mins), once again, Croatia are behind once again and it is because of an own goal from Mario Mandzukic. Peter Drury says from the commentary box that this is the first ever own goal in a World Cup final. Advantage France in the first 20 minutes. Griezmann swung in a free kick from the right and Varane was the target, Mandzukic got his head to it first and ended up directing it past Subasic. 

20:48 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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14 mins: Perisic burst down the left with ample space in front of him, he has Rebic on the far side and surely that is where he is trying to go. Umtiti anticipates and cuts off the pass when it comes. 

20:46 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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11 mins: A lull in play with France trying to find a way through. Nothing much that both sides can do at the moment.

20:40 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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8 mins: Strinic gets the ball at the byline on the left and tries to get into space but the ball is kicked out by Kylian Mbappe of all people. The corner comes to nothing. 

20:37 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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3 mins: Initial play is concentrated in the French area. Varane had to deal with a cross that was put in by Vrsaljko from the right towards looking for Mandzukic but apart from that, nothing much has happened. It has to be noted that we are finally seeing France in their regular red-and-white checks. They have not been able to wear this jersey too many times in this World Cup. 

20:32 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
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KICK OFF: This is it, the teams have exchanged niceties, referees have spoken with the captains and Croatia kick off their first ever World Cup final. 

20:25 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Philipp Lahm presents the trophy

The 2014 World Cup-winning former German captain comes out and presents the trophy as the two teams wait in the tunnel. We are literally seconds away from kick off. 

France v Croatia Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018 Final Live Streaming: France v Croatia Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2018 Final Live Streaming: France take on Croatia. (Source: Reuters)

France vs Croatia Live Score Streaming, FIFA World Cup 2018 Final Live Streaming: Zlatko Dalic’s coaching career has mirrored his team’s campaign at the World Cup – a long, hard road to recognition and respect on the back of the hard currency of results. The 51-year-old was mentored by Miroslav Blazevic, the architect of the young nation’s journey to the 1998 World Cup semi-finals, but made the decision in 2010 that moving to the Gulf was the only way to prove his worth as a coach. Seven years on, he took over a Croatia squad in disarray and slowly rebuilt the unity that has allowed them to get the best out of their individual talent and reach Sunday’s final against France. “I have always been an optimist throughout my time in the dugout,” Dalic said through a translator on Thursday. “I look for positives in everything. We have had many problems, if I had created more problems, we would not be in the final. “The culture of our national team was in tatters, with players boycotting the shirt. Now we are in the final and people are celebrating on the streets. If I played a small part in that, then I am very happy.”

(Source: Reuters)