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France took the lead from a Mario Mandzukic own goal and they had to soak up a sustained Croatian offensive, including a 28th-minute equalizer, before going in front with a penalty.

Pitana consulted the Video Assistant Referee before ruling that Ivan Perisic handled the ball in Croatia's penalty area following a corner. He also became the first teenager since Pele to score in a World Cup final.

Despite admitting this World Cup was unprecedented in terms of its action on the pitch, Deschamps stopped short of affirming it was the best ever of its kind.

We have seen France are efficient, and are able to stop teams from playing through them, but they are also very unsafe going forward.

Kylian Mbappe comes of age Kylian Mbappe (centre) produced another impressive display against Croatia. The win was not completely surprising, either-European teams have been dominating the World Cup for years. Organizers of the World Cup final viewing party said they'd counted more than 10,000 people there to watch.

Aging players have set records, too.

Deschamps said 14 of his players were World Cup newcomers but were ready to work towards a common goal and were mentally more mature than their age.




The Paris Saint-Germain star was rewarded with the award as the tournament's Best Young Player after Sunday's game.

Football fever has built over the last four weeks as the country took its young national team to heart, with ecstatic scenes after their semi-final victory.

Incidentally, Croatia and France will be renewing their rivalry on a higher level this time, after the two teams had slugged it out in the semi-finals of the France 1998; which Les Bleus won after a keenly contested encounter.

France secured their second title on Sunday. France won five games and drew one.

The World Cup final will be shown at 1:00 AM (AEST).

"I never comment on the referee and I don't want to waste time on that".

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