France 4-2 Croatia 15/07/2018 Final FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 July 15 – Results and Highlights

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France 4-2 Croatia: Sun July 15: France v Croatia – Moscow (Luzhniki), Full Time

France won the World Cup for the second time after beating Croatia 4-2 in a pulsating final in Moscow that included a controversial use of VAR.France became World Champions for the second time after defeating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow! A fitting end to a great tournament – thanks for sharing it with us!

Player Ratings

France: Lloris (6), Pavard (7), Varane (7), Umtiti (7), Hernandez (7), Pogba (8), Kante (5), Matuidi (7), Griezmann (7), Giroud (6), Mbappe (7).

Subs: N’Zonzi (7), Tolisso (6), Fekir (6)

Croatia: Subasic (4), Vrsaljko (6), Lovren (5), Vida (5), Strinic (6), Brazovic (7), Rebic (6), Modric (7), Rakitic (7), Perisic (8), Mandzukic (6).

Subs: Kramaric (6), Pjaca (6)

Man of the match: Paul Pogba

A frustrating domestic campaign will be all-but-forgotten about now for France’s midfield maestro. Big players have the ability to peak at the right time and Pogba has certainly found his best form in the latter stages of this tournament. As others around him were being overrun in a one-sided first-half, Pogba kept his discipline and got his team playing further forward in the second-half. His ball to release Mbappe for the third goal, which he finished off, was the highlight of the match. A force of nature when he’s in this mood.


Match Description

    • France 4-2 Croatia
    • Mandzukic scores after Lloris howler (69)
    • Mbappe adds fourth (65)
    • Pogba scores France’s third (59)
    • Griezmann scores from spot (38)
    • VAR intervenes to hand France a penalty
    • Perisic equalises for Croatia (28)
    • Mandzukic og gives France lead (18)
    • France and Croatia unchanged

KANE WINS GOLDEN BOOT

I know this day is not about England but a quick word for Harry Kane, who has won the Golden Boot with six goals!

21:58
A WORD FOR CROATIA…

It’s smiles all round for France but you’ve got to feel for Croatia! They need a lot of credit for the way they played today and throughout this tournament. They’ve been brilliant and will certainly be one of the contenders for the 2020 European Championships.

FRANCE ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS
The final whistle blows, sparking wild celebrations from the French players. The players on the French bench run straight onto the field and there are hugs all round between Deschamps and his players!

21:54
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

It’s all over! France are world champions. They have won the World Cup for the second time after a 4-2 victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

21:53
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

90+4: At the other end Pogba uses his strength against Perisic to usher the ball out for a goal kick. France are just a minute away from World Cup glory…

21:52
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

90+3: FREE-KICK! Mbappe floats a free-kick into the path of Pogba, who has a clear sight of goal. The Manchester United midfielder takes his eye off the ball at the crucial moment, missing his kick before Vida clears.

21:51
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

90+2: YELLOW! Vrsaljko slides in and catches Griezmann. He’s too late into the challenge and rightly picks up a caution.

21:49
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

90: There will be FIVE minutes of added time…

21:49
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

90: FRUSTRATION! Brozovic gives away a free-kick before booting the ball away in frustration. He’s not going to get a yellow card because it’s his own team’s time he’s wasting.

21:48
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

88: WIDE! Rakitic tries his luck from 25 yards but it’s a tired effort, which Lloris watches past the upright.

21:45
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

87: Fekir’s down after Rakitic wraps a leg around him illegally and some precious seconds tick down for France. Fekir eventually takes aim but Subasic drops to the turf and gathers with minimum fuss.

21:44
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

85: Croatia still pushing for a goal that would set up a grandstand finish… Rakitic swings in but Varane rises to clear and blue shirts have a breather.

21:40
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

82: SUB! A change for Croatia too as Strinic is replaced by Pjaca.

21:39
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

81: SUB! Another change fro France as Fekir is brought on for Giroud.

21:38
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

80: Mbappe leads the charge for France. He bursts into the Croatia penalty area but he’s too quick for his own good, leaving the ball behind. It allows Croatia to clear their lines…

21:37
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

78: WIDE! Croatia haven’t give this up just yet. Rakitic drills the ball towards the far corner. It appears to have taken a deflection as it whistle past the far post but the referee awards France a goal kick.

21:35
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

75: WIDE! Vrsaljko tries an ambitious effort from 25 yards but he fails to trouble Lloris.

Goal kick to France…

21:33 France and Croatia OPTA STAT

21:32
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

73: SUB! And now a change for France as Matuidi is replaced by Tolisso.

21:31
FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA

71: SUB! A change for Croatia as Rebic is replaced by Kramaric.

21:27
GOAL! FRANCE 4-2 CROATIA (Mandzukic, 69)

Or are they? A Hugo Lloris howler has handed Croatia a lifeline…

21:27
FRANCE 4-1 CROATIA

68: France are now popping the ball around with a real confidence. They are now 22 minutes away from being crowned world champions.

GOAL! FRANCE 4-1 CROATIA (Mbappe, 65)

France are running away with this now as Mbappe comes to the party! He picks the ball up 25 yards from goal before drilling a low shot past Subasic and into the bottom corner for his fourth goal of the tournament.

21:24
GOAL! FRANCE 4-1 CROATIA (Mbappe, 65)

21:24
FRANCE 3-1 CROATIA

64: France look a real threat on the counter-attack now. Griezmann picks the ball up in the middle of the pitch and he instinctively looks for Mbappe. This time the pass is cut out.
21:21
FRANCE 3-1 CROATIA

62: CHANCE! Another opportunity for France as Giroud’s overhead kick almost reaches Griezmann at the far post. However, there’s a crucial intervention from Strinic, who turns the ball away for a corner.

21:18
GOAL! FRANCE 3-1 CROATIA (Pogba, 59)

What a crucial goal that could prove to be! Pogba starts the move himself by releasing Mbappe. The French youngsters cutback reaches Griezmann, who lays the ball off to Pogba. The Manchester United’s initial shot is blocked but he gets another chance, steering the ball past Subasic and into the corner of the net.

21:18
GOAL! FRANCE 3-1 CROATIA (Pogba, 59)

21:17
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

58: Rebic plays a brilliant pass wide to Perisic. He takes on Pavard before clipping a cross towards the far post. It’s too high for Mandzukic as the ball bounces away to safety.

21:15
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

56: France look to break quickly through Griezmann but Vida is quickly across, sliding in to win an important tackle.

21:14
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

55: SUB! A change for France and it’s Kante coming off. The Chelsea midfielder, who is on a yellow card, has been well below his best today and is replaced by Steven N’Zonzi.

21:13
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

54: CHANCE! Madzukic gets above Lloris and heads the ball on. Unfortunately for Croatia it bounces agonisingly wide of the upright.

21:12
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

53: Play is now back underway after a few fans got on the pitch. They’ve now been dealt with and the action can continue…

21:11
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

52: It’s another fast start from Croatia but they are almost caught out by the Pace of Mbappe. He bursts past Vida before getting a shot away, but Subasic comes off his line to make a crucial block.

21:09
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

49: A nervy moment for France as a searching pass almost splits the defence in two. Perisic is the man chasing for Croatia but Varane does just enough to get a toe to the ball. Lloris dashes off his line and out of the area. He cannot use his hands but the Spurs goalkeeper keeps his cool, chesting the ball away from Perisic before clearing down field.

21:07
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

48: SAVE! Rakitic slides the ball through for Rebic, who takes on the shot first time. His left-footed effort stings the fingertips of Lloris, who tips the ball over the crossbar.

21:05
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

47: There are no changes from either side at the break. It’s as you were for the second-half…

France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe.

Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Brazovic, Rebic, Modric, Rakitic, Perisic, Mandzukic.

21:03
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

46: France get us back underway in Moscow…

21:03
GETTIN’ JIGGY WIT IT

Will Smith is also in attendance after performing at the closing ceremony…

21:02
HALF-TIME ODDS

A VAR review to be used in the second half and the match to go to extra-time – was 7/1, NOW 14/1
France to win 3-1 in 90 mins is available at 5/1, Antoine Griezmann to bag a brace is 4/1 while BTTS in the second half is 10/3…

21:01
THE STARS ARE OUT IN FORCE…

There’s plenty of star power at the Luzhniki Stadium for the World Cup final.

One of the celebrities in attendance is fighter Conor McGregor.

20:58
WAS IT OR WASN’T IT?

VAR was used for the first time in a World Cup final to hand France a penalty towards the end of the first-half.

Referee Nestor Pitana consulted the screen twice after the ball hit Perisic in the penalty area following Griezmann’s corner. Rightly or wrongly, he eventually overturned his original decision to award the spot kick which gave France the lead.

20:48

FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

HALF TIME

20:48
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

45+2: Perisic has had a stormer of a first-half! He’s at it again as he drills a cross field pass towards Mandzukic. The striker chests the ball down in search of Rebic but the two are not on the same wavelength as France clear their lines.

20:46
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

45+1: CORNER! Another opportunity for Croatia but Vida cannot get enough on his header to trouble Lloris.

20:45
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

45: There will be THREE minutes of added time…

20:44
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

43: There’s a storm brewing in Moscow. There’s a rumble of thunder heard at the Luzhniki Stadium as Lovren’s shot is deflected behind by Pogba.

20:41
FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA

40: YELLOW! There’s a good race between Rebic and Hernandez for a loose ball. Rebic just gets there first though and he’s caught by a sliding tackle from the France full-back.

20:38
GOAL! FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA (Griezmann pen, 38)

France regain the lead. Griezmann was coolness personified, letting the goalkeeper dive one way before rolling the ball into the opposite corner.

20:38
GOAL! FRANCE 2-1 CROATIA (Griezmann PEN, 38)

20:38
FRANCE 1-1 CROATIA

38: Griezmann places the ball on the penalty spot for France…

20:37
FRANCE 1-1 CROATIA

37: VAR intervenes in a World Cup final! The replays certainly showed the ball hitting Peresic’s arm! Was it a clear and obvious error? the referee thought so.

20:36
FRANCE 1-1 CROATIA

36: The referee goes over to check the screen! He then shuffles away before going back for one last check of the screen.

He then blows his whistle and signals for a PENALTY TO FRANCE…

20:35
FRANCE 1-1 CROATIA

34: CORNER! Brozovic misses Griezmann’s corner at the near post. Matuidi also misses the ball and the ball is deflected behind for a corner!

DRAMA! Straight away the French players surround the referee claiming a handball by Peresic. After an age the referee eventually signals a VAR check…

20:34

20:33
FRANCE 1-1 CROATIA

32: Croatia are on the front foot again but Rebic’s cross is a weak one, allowing Lloris to gather the ball easily.

20:28
GOAL! FRANCE 1-1 CROATIA
20:28
FRANCE 1-0 CROATIA

26: YELLOW! The first yellow card of the World Cup final goes to Kante! Mandzukic flicks the ball on to Perisic, who strides into the France half. Kante tracks the run but clips his heels, handing Croatia a free-kick.

20:23
FRANCE 1-0 CROATIA

23: CHANCE! Pogba’s pass releases Mbappe, who is one on one with Vida. The ball just gets away from the Frenchman and Vida slides in to make a crucial tackle.

20:23
ADVANTAGE FRANCE

Here’s the moment the ball skims off Mario Mandzukic’s head as he attempts to clear the danger – but unwittingly helps it into his own net…

He’s the FIRST player to score an own goal in a World Cup final.
20:22
FRANCE 1-0 CROATIA

21: Chance of an immediate response for Croatia. Modric’s free-kick picks out Vida but the defender’s header sails over Lloris’ crossbar.

20:18
GOAL! FRANCE 1-0 CROATIA (Mandzukic OG, 18)

It’s a goal that’s come totally against the run of play! Griezmann whips a free-kick into the penalty area. The ball flicks off the head of Mandzukic and nestles into the far corner of the net. It’s a big blow for Croatia, who started the game so brightly.

20:18
GOAL! FRANCE 1-0 CROATIA

20:17
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

17: A first glimpse of Mbappe as an attacking threat. He breezes past Strinic and gets to the byline, but his cut back is cut out at the near post.

20:16
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

15: A big let off for France. Perisic has the ball on the left and he’s in acres of space. He has time and space to pick his spot with his cross, but unfortunately for Croatia he gets it all wrong. It’s a poor effort and it allows Umtiti to come across and clear at the near post.

20:14
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

13: Again, still very early stages but Griezmann has hardly had a kick so far! France are struggling to get a foothold in this game and that’s mainly down to how Croatia have started. Zlatko Dalic’s side are full of energy despite their exploits in previous rounds.

20:11
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

11: Croatia are looking very sharp at the moment. Modric swings the ball out to Strinic, who lays the ball off to Perisic. He plays a first time ball into the box which is dealt with by Umtiti.

20:09
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

9: More good signs for Croatia as Rakitic swings the ball into the France penalty area. He’s looking to pick out Perisic but Pavard gets up well to make a crucial defensive header.

20:08
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

8: Rakitic threads the ball through the legs of Pavard for Strinic, who drives into the penalty area and to the byline. Mbappe is forced into action and the forward does really well to get back and block the cross.

20:07
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

7: Kante clips the ball forward in search of the run of Hernandez but the full-back cannot keep it in. It’s still very early days but France haven’t got going yet.

20:05
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

5: Croatia look in the mood! They are pressing really high and again they win the ball back high up the pitch. Rebic swings a dangerous looking cross into the box but France deal with the danger.

20:04
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

3: Peresic wins the ball off Pavard and bursts forward on the counter-attack. He drives into the penalty area but Varane comes across to make a crucial tackle. Umtiti clears the danger, smashing the ball out for a Croatian throw-in.

20:02
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

2: It’s great to have the two teams in the colours that represent them so well. France are in blue while Croatia are in their familiar red and white checked shirts. Early battle between Pogba and Rakitic here in Moscow…

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20:00
FRANCE 0-0 CROATIA

1: KICK-OFF! Hold onto your hats, we are underway at the Luzhniki Stadium…

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19:58
COUNTDOWN TO KICK-OFF!

The time for talking is nearly over!

The players go through their pre-match handshakes. The managers also embrace on the touchline. We’ve had the coin toss…

We are now just moments away from kick-off…

19:56
NATIONAL ANTHEMS

A stonking rendition of La Marseillaise finishes! There was no sign of any nerves on the face of Kylian Mbappe, who had a huge smile on his face during that!

Now, it’s time for the Croatia national anthem…

19:55
NATIONAL ANTHEMS

It’s time for the national anthems, first up France…

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19:54
HERE WE GO…

The players are on their way out for what will be the biggest games of their professional careers.

19:53
WORLD CUP FINAL LIVE!

The teams are in the tunnel at Luzhniki Stadium!

We’ve had 63 games at this World Cup and it all comes down to this!

PREVIEW:

France v Croatia will go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup Final in Russia on Sunday July 15. France v Croatia match will be held at in Moscow (Luzhniki), Russia. Croatia to play France in first ever Final FIFA World Cup  . England face Belgium in third-place play-off.

Team and Squad News

France’s squad

France’s 23-man squad: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda; Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane; N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N’Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir; Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Adil Rami (Marseille), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Ngolo Kante (Chelsea), Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla)

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Thomas Lemar (Monaco)

Croatia’s squad

Croatia’s 23-man squad:  Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic; Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Duje Caleta-Car, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric; Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht)