All that matter in every final match of any tournament is to get a win, this is exactly what France did to secure their second FIFA world cup trophy. The first trophy they won was the tournament held in France in 1998, and now Russia 2018, exactly 20 years after their first world cup win.
The final battle against a noticeably strong contender, Croatia didn’t go without many surprises, the game ended in a 4 – 2 thriller, which turned out to be the highest scoring final since 1966.
Croatia, in World Cup history, is the first team to play in the World Cup final after three previous knock-out games had gone to extra-time, they eventually bowed to France in the final game that was played on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
France scored the first goal through an own goal by Mandzukic in 18 minutes into the game, this goal is considered the earliest goal in a World Cup final since Zinedine Zidane scored a penalty for France in the seventh minute of 2006 tournament.
Perisic equalized for Croatia in the 28th minute, Griezmann converted a penalty kick into France’s second goal, making the 22nd penalty-kick goal of the Russia 2018 World Cup. The penalty was decided by the referee after consulting VAR (Video Assistant Referees) vividly. All three goals were netted in the first 45 minutes of the match, equaling the most goals for the first 45 minutes of a World Cup final since 1974.
As if these first half goals were not enough, Pogba and Mbappe returned to score two more goals for France in the second half, while Croatia couldn’t score more than a bizarre goal by Mandzukic, the gaol came with an error from French keeper Hugo Lloris. Mandzukic attacked after Samuel Umtiti launched a back pass to Lloris, but it was quite unfortunate he couldn’t move past the Croatian when he attempted to dribble him, instead, he lost the ball to Mandzukic right foot, giving him his team’s second goal.