Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

France win World Cup with 4-2 victory against Croatia

France win World Cup with 4-2 victory against Croatia

Didier Deschamps has warned his France players they must be calm, confident and keep their concentration in Sunday's World Cup final against Croatia in Moscow.

In a few hours either France or Croatia will hoist the 2018 World Cup trophy following their World Cup Final soccer game Sunday morning in the USA.

The contest between the two sides is not short of history, as France defeated Croatia 2-0 in the 1998 semi-final on route to lifting the World Cup.

Still, he said, the nine players who were in the squad at Euro 2016 will have passed on the lessons they learned from the experience of that final - if only how it felt to lose such a big match.

France take on Croatia in what promises to be an absorbing contest where the victor goes home with the 18-carat gold trophy and the tag of world champions for the next four years.

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Lovren told CNN that they are a small country, only four million people and have big talent in their squad. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic says his team have chosen to relax and not practice ahead of their World Cup final against France. And yes, that includes France's first and only in 1998. We know what we've gone through and we want to give the best opportunity to the team to win this final.

Both sides possess goal threat and, in teenager Mbappe, France have one of the stars of the tournament.

But Les Bleus led for just 10 minutes as a free kick was only half cleared and Perisic took a fine touch with his right foot and then drilled home with his left to make it 1-1.

France have been solid in defence throughout the tournament, their thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 aside.

Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia, first to equalize in the 28th minute and later as a consolation goal in the 69th, embarrassing Lloris with a flicked shot as the France goalkeeper tried to dribble the ball out of his goalmouth.

France won the cup, Croatia won hearts
France , which claimed the country's only World Cup title on home turf in 1998, will be playing in their third final in 20 years. Griezmann sent the ball into the back of the net with a confident strike from the spot.

The recent World Cup tradition is for presidents of Federation Internationale de Football Association and the host nation to jointly hand over the gold-and-malachite trophy.

France led, 2-1, at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic briefly bringing first-time finalists Croatia level.

"It's a huge pleasure and privilege to play in such a match, there's nothing more attractive as a professional football player than to play in the World Cup final", he said.

"We've got on so well that I could spend another month with them because it's gone so smoothly". If they're not we have great players on the bench who are raring to go.

"We have some minor injuries, minor problems, and I hope my players will be ready".

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