France beats Croatia to capture World Cup title

France vs Croatia representing the leagues of Europe

Croatia captain Luka Modric, who was awarded the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player, thought his team had the upper hand for significant periods.

Deschamps' side are strongly fancied to win Sunday's final but lessons from the recent past - including defeat to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016 - ensure they are not getting carried away ahead of the match in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Though Mandzukic did manage to decrease Croatia's defect as he scored a goal in the 69th minute, France, at last, managed to win the game 4-2.

Les Blues will undoubtedly be looking to Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to get the goals, with both players registering three goals each. This is the first trip to the final for Croatia; France won it in 1998 and were runners-up in 2006.

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The next World Cup is scheduled for Qatar in the late fall of 2022, with Canada, the U.S. and Mexico acting as co-hosts for the 2026 event.

Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when play was held up by four protesters who ran onto the field in the second half. However, Croatias leading marksman was not kept out for long, as he latched onto Perisics flick to fire home what proved to be the victor as Croatia booked their first ever spot in a World Cup final. Despite Croatia's fine start, it was France who opened the scoring in the 18th minute; an Antoine Griezmann free-kick was glanced into his own goal by Juventus star Mario Mandzukic.

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France is the champion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, besting Croatia by 4 goals to 2.

Three goals in the first half was the most prolific since 1974, when West Germany went into the break 2-1 up against the Netherlands.

Croatia and France will face off for the biggest prize in football as the two European nations meet in the World Cup Final this afternoon.

Croatia's shirtless fans rightly saluted their players as torrential rain lashed down on the presentation ceremony and coach Zlatko Dalic had few regrets. Since 1998, Croatia has never placed past the group stage.

On this evidence and the youth of the swashbuckling French champions, this side just might dominate global football for years to come.

This goal ought to have killed off the game but a Hugo Lloris blunder less than five minutes later gave Croatia a life-line.

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