France wins World Cup with 4-2 victory over Croatia

France supporters at the American Pub in Vancouver celebrate their team's 4-2 win over Croatia in the 2018 World Cup Final.					Nick Procaylo  PNG

Giroud played 546 minutes in Russian Federation - starting with a 20 minute cameo in the opening win over Australia.

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.

No shots on target.

Croatia opened the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Nigeria in their traditional red and white checkers.

In fairness to the 31-year-old, his introduction from the second game has brought the best from his team-mates. Tell us in comments below.

Canada, of course, did not have a team in this year's tournament - or in any World Cup other than 1986, when it finished in last place and did not score a goal. Just ask England. This despite the fact that Croatia have now played a full 90 minutes more than France.

France's Paul Pogba scored at the 59 minute mark, quickly followed by another goal from France six minutes later, this time from Mbappe. "It will be a special match because it is a World Cup final and we have to stay in our bubble to focus on the ultimate goal". "It wasn't always easy, but by working hard, listening, they are on top of the world for four years".

It only took 11 minutes for Croatia to equalise, with a lovely control from Peresic givin himself space to shoot in the French box before he drilled a shot past Hugo Lloris.

France wins World Cup with 4-2 victory over Croatia

It was also France's first actual attempt on goal, but they picked off Croatia after the break.

Griezmann converted his fourth of the tournament from 12 yards before Croatia pursued their opponents furiously once more at the start of the second half.

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic looked unable to get down to save Mbappe's effort as France steamrolled the underdogs.

But on full-time, it was the French players joyously running laps of the pitch, tricolour in hand, after winning back the FIFA World Cup Trophy.

With the final whistle France claimed the 2018 World Cup with a devastated Croatia left scratching their head. Both teams won their groups, with France earning seven points (two wins, one draw) and Croatia finishing with nine (three wins).

On their way to that success, Les Bleus overcame Croatia in the semi-final and Zlatko Dalic's men will be hoping Sunday will be the moment they take their revenge and win Croatia their first World Cup.

But Perisic was at the centre of the controversy that led to France's second goal in the 38th minute.

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