France beats Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Le Figaro and 24sata

Le Figaro and 24sata

Just ask England. This despite the fact that Croatia have now played a full 90 minutes more than France. They deserve to be in the final just as much as us.

With France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the final in Moscow, he joins Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) in an elite trio that has won the title on the field and from the bench.

Neymar was roundly criticised for what many fans perceived to be play-acting during the tournament, with the most contentious incident taking place after he dramatically writhed around after Miguel Layun trod on his ankle during the Selecao's 2-0 win over Mexico.

"They know what is at stake, but if they are unable to give their all they will tell us".

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.

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The goal rejuvenated the Croatians as they continued their dominant display.

Break-out youngster Kylian Mbappe took it upon himself to ignite his side back into the contest.

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For whatever reason, Croatia " s "Cinderella story' at this year's tournament has won the hearts of most of the world. Organizers of the World Cup final viewing party said they'd counted more than 10,000 people there to watch.

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Said the 49-year-old after the match: "It is really attractive". Croatia kept possession, but nothing developed from their play afterward.

Croatia will wear their famous red and white checkered shirt with white shorts and white socks in Sunday's final against France. But still, they didn't lose their relaxed nature and have said they will prepare this final as a normal match.

The Croatians were everybody's favourite underdogs, with many fans hoping that they could continue their fairytale run in Russian Federation all the way to the Jules Rimet Trophy. The two biggest are the "nobody believes in us" which is followed in quick succession by the fact that they're battle-hardened winners.

Croatia's Mandzukic then scored, bringing the score to 4-2, thanks to an error from France. The Juventus forward has none of Mbappe's flair, panache or skill but he makes up for it with his toughness.

The question for Croatia coming into the final is whether they can once again dig deep to win a game they should probably lose.

There was still time for Hugo Lloris to raise Croatia's hopes with a 69th-minute howler when the usually reliable French goalkeeper failed to dribble past Mandzukic and the ball trickled into the net.

Count out Croatia at your own risk.

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