France Hold Off Croatia To Win Second World Cup Title

France have won their second World Cup title after they defeated Croatia 4-2 in their final clash at the Russia 2018 tournament on Sunday.

The French team took the lead in fortuitous circumstance on 18 minutes when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed the ball into his own net off an Antoine Griezmann freekick.

Croatia were level within ten minutes as Ivan Perisic produced a fantastic finish for his side.

Perisic turned villain ten minutes later as he was penalised for handball in the box by Argentine centre referee Nestor Pitana with the help of VAR.

Griezmann sent Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic the wrong way from the penalty spot to edge France 2-1 ahead at the halftime interval.

Paul Pogba added a third goal just before the hour mark before Kylian Mbappe extended France’s lead six minutes later.

The goal was Mbappe’s 4th strike of the tournament making him the second highest goalscorer in a single World Cup edition behind Pele (6 goals at the 1958 World Cup tournament).

Juventus striker Mandzukic capitalised on a mistake from French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to drag Croatia back to a two-goal deficit on 69 minutes but France held on to win a second title after their 1998 triumph.

France manager Didier Deschamps is now the third person to win the World Cup as both player and manager.

German football legend Franz Beckenbeur and Brazilian manager Mario Zagallo had previously achieved the feat.

This is the first time the tournament would witness at least six goals in the final since the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany.

England defeated West Germany 4-2 to win their first title with the help of a hattrick from Geoff Hurst.