Fifa Name Referee For France-Croatia World Cup Final

Luka Modric picked up the player of the tournament award

Luka Modric picked up the player of the tournament award

He has displayed his best qualities at this World Cup, despite playing in a midfield duo alongside N'Golo Kanté, dispelling the myth that he has to play ina midfield trio in order to excell.

Antoine Griezmann scored on a penalty kick in the 38th minute to break a 1-1 tie, and France poured it on in the second half en route to a 4-2 victory at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for the second World Cup in its history.

Griezmann restored France's lead from the penalty spot after the referee awarded a controversial spot-kick with the help of VAR (video assistant referee) for a hand ball.

In the second-half, France added two more goals - from Manchester United's Paul Pogba in the 59th minute and Paris Saint Germain prodigy Kylian Mbappe in the 65th. Griezmann won a soft free-kick wide on the right and his delivery into the area was flicked into his own net by the unfortunate Mandzukic. France is the second-youngest team at this World Cup, and you hope that in the future Deschamps (or whoever coaches France) will give his players a bit more freedom to do what they're capable of.

Paul Pogba suggested Les Bleus nearly took beating Portugal in the final on home soil for granted after seeing off world champions Germany in the last four, only for Eder to snatch a surprise 1-0 win for Fernando Santos' side.

Fifa Name Referee For France-Croatia World Cup Final
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But France's defence, so impressive all tournament, held and they went 3-1 up on the hour as Mbappe and Griezmann combined to set up Pogba on the edge of the box. France have won the World Cup, beating Croatia 4-2. The finale was a six-goal affair - complete with an own goal, a controversial penalty and a freak goalie error - the highest during regulation time in a World Cup final since the 5-2 scoreline in 1958.

Canada, of course, did not have a team in this year's tournament - or in any World Cup other than 1986, when it finished in last place and did not score a goal. After pool play, Croatia defeated Denmark, Russia and England to advance to the final, while France beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium. "We dominated and then the penalty was given".

And when Ivan Perisic booted a goal into the right corner in the 28th minute, house lights flashed, fans jumped and screamed and one man blew a vuvuzela.

"We are sad but proud at the same time", coach Zlatko Dalic said.

"But I don't think it's true that we got carried away, even if there was a lot of euphoria".

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