France defeats Croatia 4-2 to capture title

France defeats Croatia 4-2 to capture title

With an average age of 26, France had the second youngest team in the tournament, and their golden generation featuring Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are set to return home as heroes.

Paul Pogba celebrates with team-mates after scoring France's third goal during their 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final.

We've said all along an "outsider", not one of the usual suspects, would win the 2018 World Cup.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter as France & Croatia battle it out for the World Cup.

Croatia's forward Ante Rebic (L) vies with France's midfielder Paul Pogba during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.

Mbappe scored the fourth from outside the box six minutes later to match Griezmann on four goals before Lloris gifted Croatia their second in the 69th, taking up a back-pass and then losing the ball to Mandzukic who scored from short range.

Mbappé was born months after France first won the World Cup in 1998.

Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappé became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.

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After France lost the 2016 European Championship final on home soil in agonizing fashion, largely the same team has bounced back to secure World Cup glory.

France eventually got going and they took the lead from their first big chance.

Antoine Griezmann was accused of disrespecting Croatia after celebrating his goal with a "Take the L" dance from the popular video game Fortnite.

A whipped corner appeared to go out of play off the Inter Milan winger's leg, but a horde of French players ran to Argentine referee Nestor Pitana claiming handball; he duly consulted VAR and opted to award a spot-kick despite minimal intentional contact. They just seem to be gaining more and more momentum and more and more belief in who they are and what they can do.

But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half.

Without being brilliant today, they scored four goals, which gives an idea about France's level, and their coach's one.

Croatia showed no early nerves and confidently dominated the action in the French half, without however threatening as Raphael Varane headed a cross out of danger ahead of Mandzukic.

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