France win World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow

France win World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow

France are clear favourites to triumph in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium and will be spurred on by the bitter disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal in Paris.

France then looked to have clinched the game as Mbappe drilled home a fourth from distance with the 19-year-old becoming just the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup final. This is the first trip to the final for Croatia; France won it in 1998 and were runners-up in 2006.

But this is still the World Cup final, and for France there is the possibility to join Argentina and Uruguay in winning the trophy for the second time, after 1998.

France defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates after scoring the decisive goal against Belgium in their World Cup semi-final in Saint Petersburg.

"I hope we will overcome those today and that all my players will be ready to play in the final".

Croatia came close to a second equalizer three minutes after thew restart when Lloris tipped Ante Rebic's drive over the bar.

Paul Pogba suggested Les Bleus nearly took beating Portugal in the final on home soil for granted after seeing off world champions Germany in the last four, only for Eder to snatch a surprise 1-0 win for Fernando Santos' side.

As for the match, we all feared the worst when Antoine Griezmann's in-swinging free-kick glanced off Mario Mandzukic's head and flew into the Croatia net to give France the lead.

France win World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow

Mario Fernandes late equaliser took the game to penalties though, where Danijel Subasic was again the hero, making one save, and watching another wide as Croatia became the first side to win two penalty shootouts at a World Cup since Argentina in 1990. Three times they fell behind on their run to Moscow; three times they fought back.

"For most of these fans, the win is sweeter than they had imagined".

Victory will make Deschamps one of only three men to win the World Cup as player and coach.

Croatia have done the same in Russian Federation, needing penalty kicks to beat Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before defeating England in extra time in the semi-finals.

"Tomorrow is the World Cup final".

"The French like to chant a lot, there's lots of chanting, they bring drums, and they have their local sayings".

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it".

Ivan Perisic, who scored and set up Mario Mandzukic's victor in a 2-1 semifinal win over England, was among five Croatian players to miss training on Friday. You also get the feeling that France have an extra gear to go into if they have to.

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