France met Croatia in the final of the World Cup.
Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe inspired France to lift their second World Cup title. France delivered an emphatic performance in a 4-2 victory against Croatia. Mario Mandzukic opened the goal-scoring, but not for Croatia, as the forward timed an unfortunate header to deflect the ball into his own net.
However, Perisic equalised 10 minutes later with a decent strike from Ivan Perisic, before a VAR decision gave France a penalty for hand-ball. Griezmann coolly converted the penalty, as the French side led 2-1 at half time.
Croatia were put on back foot in the second half as France led attacks after attacks, and were soon rewarded by two quick goals. Paul Pogba hit a great long range pass to Mbappe, before the ball came back to him just outside the box. Subasic stood no chance against Pogba’s bullet strike.
Mbappe soon made it four for France, before a howler from Hugo Lloris led to Mandzukic pulling one back for France. However, the Croatian side couldn’t breach the French defence as they missed out on the World Cup trophy after playing in their first tournament final.
Here are some of the tweets from the match:
— RK (@RK_sports) July 15, 2018
Admit It!, You Feel Sad For Luka MODRIC..💔😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/x0gIYGMIBC
— Football Obsession (@Footy_Obsession) July 15, 2018
Proud of Luka Modric and his squad. They had a great tournament and almost had it.
— Rey (@ReyLaMadrid) July 15, 2018
… walk into a VAR: https://t.co/q8gH7aqOV3
— Barça News and Negativity (@cynicule) July 15, 2018
Karius got concussed and spread it like virus across the world to De Gea, Lloris, Willy Caballero and he himself has still not recovered.
— Vinay (@SemperFiUtd) July 15, 2018
Always feels like Loris errors are in BIG games??
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 15, 2018
LLORIS JUST HAD TO SHOW HE PLAYS FOR SPURS EVEN WHILE WINNING IN A WORLD CUP FINAL 😭😭😭😭
— Ashish (@futbolash) July 15, 2018
Hugo Lloris accidentally pressed triangle. Happens to the best of us
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) July 15, 2018
He may not get it, but I don’t think you could argue if Kylian Mbappe were to win the Golden Ball for best player of the tournament. Even suggesting that he could win it is extraordinary at his age.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 15, 2018
There’s been as many goals in this World Cup Final as there has been in the last 4 finals combined
— Watford Talk (@WatfordTalk) July 15, 2018
Own goal. Check. #Cro equalizer. Check.
Controversial penalty. Check.
Goalkeeping error. Check.
Is it too much to ask that this game go to extra time?
— Sidvee (@sidvee) July 15, 2018
The Pogba/Mbappé connection probably the most lethal of the tournament. Opposition backlines couldn’t cope when Pogba plays it early.
— RG (@registability) July 15, 2018
— Elizabeth Tulloch (@BitsieTulloch) July 15, 2018
The only person to stop Mbappe is Mbappe himself
— Rk (@RkFutbol) July 15, 2018
Sinceramente, no entiendo muy bien el uso del VAR. El árbitro señala una falta que no es a Griezman. Gol de Francia en esa acción. No pasa nada.
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) July 15, 2018
I want to see Paul Pogba comps with Hall of Fame and Remember the Name, in 20 minutes time
— Detox Icunt (@NickiiDupre) July 15, 2018
big fan of media darlings Modric and Kanté getting upstaged by Rakitic and Pogba.
— Muhammad Butt (@muhammadbutt) July 15, 2018