France Wins 2018 World Cup

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Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored electrifying goals to give France a convincing 4-2 lead in the final match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In one of the most thrilling finals, that saw both teams score a total of 6 goals, Croatia's hopes of lifting their first world cup were dashed by a rampant France. Croatia's nightmare began in the 18th minute when Mario Mandzukic headed Antoine Griezmann's free kick into his own net, making him the first player to ever score an own goal in a world cup final. Ivan Perisic then cancelled France's lead in the 28th minute with a super strike, after France's failure to clear a free kick.

France soon went ahead again, when penalty specialist Antoine Griezmann converted one for his country in the 38th minute, after the referee confirmed, via VAR, that a Croatian player had handled the ball in the penalty area. This made it the first world cup since 1974 to have at least three goals scored by half time.

Paul Pogba then handed France a comfortable two goal cushion when he blasted home in the 59th minute. Six minutes later, 19 year old Kylian Mbappe scored another wonder goal, making him only the second teenager after Pele to ever score in a world cup final.

Croatia threatened to make a comeback when French goalkeeper Lloris handed Mario Mandzukic a gift of a goal. Mandzukic intercepted a poor clearance by the Frenchman to score an easy goal, thereby making him the first man in World cup history to score for both teams in a world cup final. France ultimately held on to win the trophy with a comfortable 2 goal lead. Many analysts have nominated this world cup final as one of, if not the most thrilling, in history. Both teams have had a spectacular run, with Croatia especially showing a lot of determination.

With this win, France coach Didier Deschamps becomes only the third person in history to win the trophy both as a player and coach, after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbaeur. With their second world cup win, France is also the first team to score 4 goals in a world cup final since Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in 1970.