VAR spoils magnificent World Cup final as France beat Croatia

France wins 2018 World Cup after defeating Croatia 4-2

Antoine Griezmann has been involved in 5 goals at the 2018 World Cup (3 goals, 2 assists), no French player has done better in a single tournament over the last 50 years.

The Croats needed penalties to get over Denmark and Russian Federation in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively, while they dispatched England 2-1 in extra-time in the semi-finals.

The dynamic trio of Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba were just too quick and skilful on the night, and all three got on to the score-sheet too.

Should any of them fail to surpass Kane, the Tottenham man would become only the second ever England player to win the prize, after Gary Lineker also hit six at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Ivan Perisic and Mandzukic replied for Croatia, who ended beaten but unbowed after making much of the running in their first appearance in the final.

The decision was a turning point as Griezmann scored to put France into a lead they would never relinquish, as Les Bleus went on to win 4-2, and Dalic said he thought such a decision had no place in a game of such magnitude.

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

After watching Croatia overcome deficits time and again this World Cup, France knew a 1-0 lead would not be safe in the championship match Sunday.

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His kick was deflected off the head of Croatia's Mario Mandzukic in the 18th minute for an own goal to get France on the board.

"Today we did not do everything right but have those mental and psychological qualities which were decisive - and we did score four goals".

At 19, Kylian Mbappe became the third youngest player to feature in a World Cup final. You should be able to log in to Fox Sports Go regardless, but better safe than sorry (especially with the World Cup final on the line).

Four goals to boot, there seemed to be no way back for the Eastern Europeans until Mandzukic's pressure on Lloris forced him to reduce the deficit slightly.

"Croatia's players have gained experience with their clubs, and they have been playing together for a while".

There was to be no dramatic come back as Les Blues snatched their second World title in 20 years, ending the heartbreak suffered 12 years ago in Berlin.

However, far from seeing Croatia's extra workload as benefiting France, Lloris thinks it will only have strengthened their opponents' desire to win.

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