What a final! French Four Two good for Croatian courage

“They didn’t play football” – Dejan Lovren criticises France tactics after Croatia lose World Cup final

What a final! French Four Two good for Croatian courage

In a few hours either France or Croatia will hoist the 2018 World Cup trophy following their World Cup Final soccer game Sunday morning in the USA.

It is, however, a thoroughly modern team, with technically accomplished young players, a distinct identity and no obvious weak points.

The mercurial Kylian Mbappe, 19, followed suit six minutes later and became the first teenager to score in a final since Pele in 1958.

Said the 49-year-old after the match: "It is really handsome".

The first team to score four times in a final since Brazil in 1970, the French could even afford to see Mandzukic pull a goal back following a ridiculous goalkeeping mistake by Hugo Lloris. I am very happy for this team. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Ivan Perisic levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later but the Croatia midfielder was then penalised for handball following a VAR review and Griezmann stepped up to convert the 38th-minute penalty and put France 2-1 up.

But it is hard not to feel that Deschamps' side have another gear available to them and are capable of something really special if they need to. The Paris Saint Germain star dribbled to his right, forcing French defender Benjamin Pavard to his left.

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Croatia's keeper Danijel Subasic will be in all green, whilst France's keeper will wear all yellow.

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

He may not take home the Golden Boot, but no offensive player has turned more heads than Mbappe at this tournament.

"The French did not surprise us, we let in two soft goals coupled with an own goal and a penalty". Beaten on penalties by Italy in the 2006 final, France's hunger is all the greater after the agony of their defeat as hosts against Portugal in the Euro 2016 final.

Lloris' error reduced Croatia's deficit to two goals with twenty minutes to go but manager Didier Deschamps' team saw out the match to send their supporters in the Luzhniki stadium and all over France into World Cup ecstasy.

Perhaps it is because they have dominated possession in every game bar the one against Argentina, where they kept 42% possession but still won 3-0, completely shutting out the supply line to Lionel Messi.

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