France Dominates Croatia In World Cup Final With 4-2 Lead
Everything You May Have Missed During France And Croatia's World Cup Final Game
This year’s World Cup has been one for the ages. Hosted in Moscow, Russia, it has had a few wild upsets, including Russia’s defeat of Spain on penalty kicks in the 16th round, which eliminated the 2010 champions. The 31-day festival of football was also the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966.
This is France’s second World Cup victory. They also defeated Croatia in 1998 semifinal to go on winning its first World Cup title on home soil that year. France has since been to three finals over the past six World Cups.
While we hope that you were able to watch the entire game, we also have a recap for those of you who missed out. Below is a highlight of the best moments, including the biggest goals made and who they were made by.
In summary, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe all scored for the French while Croatia's Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic both helped bring in goals on both sides.
First Ever Own Goal In A World Cup Final
The first goal came from Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic who scored the first ever own goal in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann was brought down about 30 yards from goal and dusted himself off to curl in the resulting free-kick, which skimmed off Mandzukic’s head and past the hands Danijel Subasic.
Penalty Kick From A Handball
One of the biggest penalties of the game, came from Ivan Perisic, who was penalized for handball in his own area, leading to France’s Antoine Griezmann converting the penalty.
France's Goalkeeper Gives It Away
The craziest goal Croatia made in their two points was at the 69-minute mark, where Hugo Lloris, France’s goalkeeper, gifted Mario Mandzukic a goal in the second half with an error. After receiving the pass, the keeper changed the ball down, panicked, attempted to dribble around the striker and had the ball poked back into the net.
France's Final Goal
Even with so much excitement, the hands-down best goal of the game came from the 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé who scored France's fourth goal at the 65-minute mark, sealing the Cup win. Not only did Mbappé win the Younger Player award but he also became the first teenager to register in the final since Pelé in 1958. This also makes him the second youngest player to score in a World Cup final, after Pelé - Pelé even took to Twitter to congratulate the young player on his achievement.
Only the second teenager to have scored a goal in a #WorldCupFinal! Welcome to the club, @KMbappe - it's great to have some company! // O segundo adolescente a marcar um gol em uma final de #CopaDoMundo! Bem-vindo ao clube, Kylian - é ótimo ter a sua companhia! https://t.co/g8b2gLTy7B— Pelé (@Pele) July 15, 2018
With all of this excitement, we’re not sure how we’ll ever be able to fall asleep tonight. If you enjoyed watching the game, then let us know your favorite part in the comments section below. And don’t forget to subscribe to The Sitch for more soccer reads.