The football national teams of Croatia and France met in the final match of the 2018 world Cup. The game at the stadium “Link” in Moscow ended in a French victory with the score 4:2, which, after twenty years of interruption, a second time won the world Cup.
Football. The 2018 FIFA world Cup. The playoffs. The final
France – Croatia 4:2 (2:1)
July 15. Beginning at 18:00. Moscow. Stadium “LOINC”
Referee – Nestor Plana (Argentina)
France: Hugo Lloris – Benjamin Pavard, Raphaël Varane, Samuel Umtt, Lucas Hernandez – Ngolo Kant (Steven N Sons 55) – Paul Pogba – Kilian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi (Corentin Tasso 73) – Olivier Giroud (Nabil FCR 81)
Coach – Didier Deschamps
Croatia: Daniel Subasic – SME Vrsaljko, domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren and Ivan Strinić (Marco P yatsa 81), Marcelo Brozović, Ivan Rakitic – Ante Rebc (Andrew Kramar 71), Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic
Coach Zlatko DLC
Goals: Mario Mandzukic 18 (goal), Antoine Griezmann 38 (penalty), Paul Pogba 59, Kilian Mbappe 65 – 28 Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic 69
Warning: Ngolo Kant 28, Luke Hernandez, A 41 – SME Vrsaljko 90+3
From the start of the game the territorial advantage possessed by the Croats, the French projected took up positions in a positional defense. The first danger of the possessions of Hugo Loris arose from the flanks, however, the “Gali roosters” in his own penalty area controlled the situation. The focus was often the hero of the semifinals, Ivan Perisic and sweep, and responded to the transfer partners.
In the 18th minute France opened the scoring, having almost their first meaningful attack. Antoine Griezmann earned a free-kick, and then he delivered a cross. Nobody responded, but the ball found the head of Mario Mandzukic and flew into the net – the first own goal in the history of the world Cup finals.
Croatia tried to respond with the standard. Two assists of Luka Modric failed and the third resulted in a goal. The captain of the blazers threw the ball into the penalty area, where he after a few riding duels came to perišić Ivan powerful shot equalized.
35 minute there was a controversial episode at the gates of Daniel Subasta. After a corner the ball hit the hand of Ivan Perisic. The referee immediately awarded a penalty, but after watching the replay pointed to the mark. Antoine Griezmann perfectly executed 11-metre, and again brought the French forward.
Under the end of the first half, the Croats stormed the French gate, the most pressing was the filing with a penalty and a corner. In one of the episodes could be different domagoj Vida, but ex-“Dynamo” has not managed to adjust to the ball and missed the goal. France kept the advantage and went on a break the leader.
Bright football continued from the first moments of the second half. With a long-range shot by Antoine Gramana has no trouble Daniel Subasic, and at the other end of the field with a powerful shot Ante Rebca under the crossbar handled Hugo Lloris. Croatia again controlled the ball more and make standards.
France in response to organised fast attack efforts Kilian Mbappe. In the first scene of the striker of Monaco escaped on operative open space, has won the position of domagoj Vida, but did not beat the goalkeeper. However, the following attack Mbappe led to the third goal “Le Bleu”. Kilian case clocked Ivan Strinic and passed the ball into the penalty area. There Gramann punching is not allowed, but Paul Pogba at the second attempt the exact impact the lead of the French.
Players Zlatko Dalca went ahead, and the opponent caught them on the counter. At this time distinguished himself Mbappe. Breakthrough on the left flank Hatches Hernandez ended with a goal by Kilian – Cubasch not seen the moment of impact. It seemed that France had already decided the fate of the title, but Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic after a blunder Hugo Loris narrowed the gap “checkered”.
Croatia did not lay down their arms – a constant movement towards the opponent’s goal and the pressure just before the penalty area of France. Massive organized protection wards Didier Deschamps left the opponent a minimum of free zones, so the balkanites except for long shots, could not create real scoring chances.
France until the final whistle kept victory over Croatia in the final of the world Cup and became world champion in 2018.