France beat Croatia 4-2 to lift their first World Cup trophy since 1998.

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France beat Croatia 4-2 to lift their first World Cup trophy since 1998. Didier Deschamps becomes the third person to win the World Cup as a player (1998) and as coach after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer

France won the World Cup, with their stars Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé on the scoresheet, but Croatia will feel very hard done-by, thanks to an own goal, and VAR.

 

Croatia were the better side in the first half but fell behind when Griezmann dived to win a freekick, which the unfortunate Mario Mandzukic headed past his own keeper. A fine goal from Ivan Perisic got Croatia back on terms.

But then the ball hit Perisic on the hand, the referee went over to the side of the pitch to check VAR, and awarded a penalty that was, at best, dubious. Griezmann nervelessly slotted it away.

After half-time, the French pulled away thanks to a strike from Pogba, only for a terrible blunder from Hugo Lloris to let Croatia back into the match. He tried to dribble past Mandzukic and the big striker had the simplest tap-in.

However, Mbappé scored to settle the matter and give France their second World Cup.

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