France win World Cup with 4-2 victory against Croatia

Paul Pogba celebrates with teammates amid France’s win

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

As the game ended they couldn't hide sadness but many said they were happy at what Croatia has achieved.

Coaches Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic fielded unchanged line-ups as the final started after a short closing ceremony featuring United States star Will Smith among others.

France take on Croatia in thr 2018 World Cup final today at 4pm.

After a insane one month, the 2018 FIFA World Cup comes down to one final match tonight.

FRANCE 2, URUGUAY 0: Griezmann sets up one goal and scores another on a Uruguay goalkeeping gaffe, refusing to celebrate it because of his close club and personal ties to the South Americans.

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it".

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Ahead of the World Cup final between France and Croatia, which happens to be the 900th game in the tournament's history, we compiled a list of key stats and figures that will be at play with the help of the ESPN Stats & Information Group.

France coach Didier Deschamps became only the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach.

As for Croatia, this will be their first ever World Cup final and will be looking to upset an assured Les Bleus side.

France won their second title, following 1998 - when they had beaten Croatia 2-1 in the semi-finals - and made up for the disappointment of losing the 2006 final to Italy on penalties, and the Euro 2016 decider at home to Portugal.

But even the mightiest of warriors must suffer from the limitations of men and fatigue is sure to be a worry after three consecutive extra time games; two of which went to penalties.

Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphaël Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; N'Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi; Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappé. His explosive performance in the 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 lit up the competition, but apart from that France have played like a Deschamps side, with the emphasis on defence. Les Bleus were level at 2-2 with the Albiceleste, but a clutch brace from Kylian Mbappe saw them secure the win before a consolation strike from Sergio Aguero. But perhaps feeling complacent after beating Germany in the semi-finals, France flopped. Yet Croatia swept all three teams by a combined score of 7-1, allowing only a single goal in three matches. This was certainly clear in the semi-final against England, in which Croatia showed composure to battle back and get the vital extra-time victor and close out the contest.

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