France beats Croatia to win World Cup final

“They didn’t play football” – Dejan Lovren criticises France tactics after Croatia lose World Cup final

“They didn’t play football” – Dejan Lovren criticises France tactics after Croatia lose World Cup final

Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba also scored for France.

Giroud played 546 minutes in Russian Federation - starting with a 20 minute cameo in the opening win over Australia.

Croatia played all the football early on, with Mbappe on the fringes of the game, but it was France who went in front in the 18th minute.

No shots on target.

There was a bit of everything in this World Cup final. We will face a high-quality opponent and they deserve as much credit as we do.

But new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte this week, will still hope Giroud has saved his supply of goals for the start of the new Premier League season, which begins in 26 days.

And then there were two.63 games filled with drama, intrigue, set-piece goals and surprise results have determined our finalists: France and Croatia.

With key talent Kylian Mbappe just 19 years old and the second youngest squad in the tournament, this triumph could be the start of a memorable era for French football. They did make it to the final following an improbable run through the tournament.

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France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. In 2017 he took charge of the Confederations Cup semi-final between Germany and Mexico.

It was nearly as much of a breeze as the 1998 final for Les Bleus, ultimately. The crowd grew up perfectly still with France's third and fourth goal.

The 25-yard rip beat Croatia's Danijel Subasic into the near post netting.

In the final analysis, Didier Deschamps' France team at this World Cup should be remembered as a mostly pragmatic side that was capable of some exquisite attacking moments but more often displayed a grit and solid organization that reflected their coach.

Deschamps has now won the tournament as a player and coach after Les Bleus clinched the 1998 edition on home soil.

Croatia, beaten by the French in the semifinals in their first World Cup appearance in 1998, continued to press but their energy was sapped and France safely held out for the victory.

Perhaps it is because they have dominated possession in every game bar the one against Argentina, where they kept 42% possession but still won 3-0, completely shutting out the supply line to Lionel Messi. This "golden generation" led by Luka Modric, will not be overawed by the fact they are simply in the final; Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic have already scored goals in past UEFA Champions League finals.




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