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France Defeats Croatia To Win 2018 World Cup In Russia

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The French national team was crowned world champions after defeating an underdog Croatian team 4-2 in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday, capturing its second World Cup title and its first since it hosted the 1998 tournament 20 years ago. Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps was the captain in 1998 when his team shocked Brazil in Paris, and on Sunday he became the third to ever win the World Cup as a player and coach.

In a match that featured anything you could have ever imagined, an own goal, a goalkeeper gaffe, pitch invaders and a teenager wunderkind finding the back of the net, France rolled to a convincing 4-1 lead and managed to hold on to earn its second star.

A penalty-kick goal from Antoine Griezmann and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe were enough to lift one of the pre-tournament favorites to the title, capping off a magnificent run in the group stage and the knockout stage that featured wins over Australia, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium.

Les Bleus took the lead, after Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick crept in, via a deflection off Mario Mandzukic.

Ivan Perisic equalized with his fourth goal of the tournament, firing past Hugo Lloris from inside the box.

The referee adjudged that Perisic handled the ball, after viewing replays from VAR and awarded a penalty, which Griezmann tucked away calmly.

Paul Pogba stretched France’s lead with a third around the hour mark, before Kylian Mbappe made it 4-1 with a vicious drive.

Mandzukic pulled one back after Lloris dithered on a back pass.

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