2018 FIFA world cup to an end on Sunday with final match between France and Croatia. And at the end only one Champion remained who grabbed on to the FIFA world cup trophy 2018 – France. At the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, France have won the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia after defeating Croatia 4-2 in a thoroughly entertaining Final in what was a fitting end to an outstanding tournament. Their second title in the world cup history. Previously they won the World cup back in 1998 on the leadership of legendary Zinadine Zidan.
Who is the man of the match in the finals of 2018 FIFA world cup – France Vs Croatia ?
Antoine Griezmann scoring the 4th goal in the world cup won the man of the match award in the final France Vs Croatia
Match started with lot of fire under the belt for both teams – France with superstar set players and Croatia who showed the world the unbelievable football. Despite Croatia having the majority of possession in the opening stages, France took the lead in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Antoine Griezmann’s lofted free kick from the French right was nodded into his own net by Mario Mandzukic. Another self goal in the world cup, Croatia down 0 -1. But it was Croatia, nothing makes them back. Within 10 minutes Perisic added Croatia’s first goal in final 1- 1. But he would turn from hero to villain before the end of first half. A cross from the French right-hand side was handled by Perisic, with a penalty awarded after a VAR review. Grizmann made no mistake and France took the lead second time in the match 2 -1.
Watch Highlights of Final match between France Vs Croatia – 2018 FIFA world cup
Second half saw an Croatian army attacking the French box back to back. Luka Modric and Co was almost hit the France post multiple times. Unlucky they are. The could not convert any of them into the goal. France wasn’t sleeping. They saw the opportunity and the counter attack gives Pogba to increase France lead 3 – 0. That goal made Croatia little bit on the back foot. But still they were kept on trying.
Didier Deschamps is just the third man – after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer – to win the World Cup as both a player and manager.
After his tireless running tired the Croatian defence, it was only fitting that Mbappe himself got on the scoresheet, hitting a sweetly-struck effort from the edge of the penalty area with which Danijel Subasic stood no chance 4 -1.
In 65′ minutes, 4 -1 down any team will surrender, but Croatian was still resilient. They kept on attacking which has been their quality throughout the tournament. Capitalising on some carelessness by Hugo Lloris, Mandzukic scored the second goal for Croatia. 4 -2, and still 21′ minute left in the match. French fans was also at the edge of the seat because it is Croatia with now or never attitude.
Unfortunately Croatia could not find the nets rest of the time as all the French players was back to support their defence. In the end France and Coach Didier Deschamps – ensures securing their second World Cup title.
“I congratulate France on their title. We played well in the first 20 minutes, we controlled the game. Then there was an own goal from a set play. We came back to life, dominated and then the penalty was given. I have to congratulate my players, it was maybe the best game we played in these championships; we controlled the match but we conceded. Against such a strong side as France you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we have to be proud as well for what we’ve done.” –Zlatko Dalic, Croatia coach
See all the goals in the Final match France Vs Croatia – 2018 FIFA world cup
- 18′: MANDŽUKIĆ (CROATIA) SCORES AN OWN GOAL!!
- It’s against the run of play but France strike first! Griezmann floats in a free-kick from the right channel and Mandzukic is the unfortunate man to flick a header into the top corner of his own team’s net. Les Bleus lead in Moscow!
- 28′:PERIŠIĆ (CROATIA) SCORES!!
- France fail to clear a Croatia free-kick delivered deep from left to right and Ivan Perisic takes control, stepping around his marker and slamming a left-footed drive into the far corner with the aid of a slight deflection. Game on.
- 39′: GRIEZMANN (FRANCE) SUCCESSFULLY CONVERTS THE PENALTY!
- Cool, calm and composed from Antoine Griezmann, who carefully slides his penalty to his left as the goalkeeper dives in the opposite direction. France are back in front at Luzhniki Stadium.
- 59′: POGBA (FRANCE) SCORES!!
- Paul Pogba might have put his name into the history books with a perfect finish. Les Bleus break away and when his first shot is blocked, he uses Modric as a shield to sweep a left-footer into the net with the goalkeeper unsighted.
- 65′: MBAPPE (FRANCE) SCORES!!
- Four for France! Mbappe finds a pocket of space outside the Croatia area and picks out the bottom left corner with a precise, bouncing finish past Subasic. It will take something incredible to deny them the Trophy now.
- 69′: MANDŽUKIĆ (CROATIA) SCORES!!
- Croatia have reduced their deficit by one. It’s an error from Hugo Lloris, who tried to dribble around Mario Mandzukic as he closed down the goalkeeper, but the forward simply stuck out a leg and tackled the ball into an empty net.
2018 FIFA world cup Summary – Who won Golden ball, Golden boot, Young Player, Golden glove and Fair play award ?
- With the superb performance in the tournament it is Luka Modric of Croatia won the golden ball award in the 2018 FIFA world cup Russia
- Golden boot award won by England Harry Kane for his 6 goals in the world cup 2018.
- Best Emerging Young player award goes to none other than Kylian Mbappe of France. The 19 year old was amazing and upcoming superstar in the Football world.
- Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois takes the adidas Golden Glove award for his best match saving performance in the world cup.
- Spain eventhough lost the pre-quarter match won the fair play award in the 2018 FIFA world cup.
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