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France win World Cup for a second time after thrilling 4-2 win over Croatia

France add the 2018 World Cup to their 1998 triumph as they beat Croatia 4-2 in thrilling Moscow final

Sport360 staff 2018/07/15

France are world champions for the second time after surging to a 4-2 win over Croatia in a scintillating World Cup final.

In a final that produced quality when we perhaps expected caution, Mario Mandzukic’s own goal opened the scoring. Ivan Perisic’s thunderous equaliser was merited, but he then gave away the penalty from which Antoine Griezmann restored Les Bleus’ lead.

They pulled away through Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe goals in the second half, although Hugo Lloris’ inexplicable error gifted Mandzukic a goal at the other end as Croatia made things interesting.

But Didier Deschamps’ side held on as he joined Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer as the only three players to win the the World Cup as both player and coach.

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