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As it happened: France beat Croatia 4-2 to take World Cup victory

© Jewel Samad, AFP | France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (R) jumps to punch the ball during their Russia 2018 World Cup final match between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.

Text by Tom WHEELDON

Latest update : 2018-07-16

France took on Croatia in a much-anticipated World Cup final that saw a goal for each side in the first 30 minutes of play and an eventual 4-2 win for Les Bleus. See FRANCE 24's live blog below to revisit the key moments from the match.

  • France and Croatia went head-to-head in the World Cup final in Moscow, with Les Bleus seeking their second title in 20 years. Croatia was seeking their first-ever World Cup victory.
  • Both teams went into Sunday’s final with the same starting line-ups as for their semi-final wins, over Belgium for France and England for Croatia.
  • With a population of only 4 million, Croatia is the smallest country to reach a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950. Zlatko Dalic’s team were seeking revenge against France after losing 2-1 to Les Bleus in the 1998 semi-finals in Paris, where Dalic travelled to watch that World Cup as a fan. Croatia have never beaten France in six matches.
  • France coach Didier Deschamps is only the third person to win the trophy as both a player and manager. Striker Kylian Mbappé, whose two goals helped to send the Argentines home earlier in the tournament, is only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final – after Brazil legend Pele in 1958.

To see how the World Cup final unfolded, read our live blog below:

Date created : 2018-07-15

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