Kylian Mbappe Starts For France vs Croatia

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

The midfielder's right-footed shot was blocked but he quickly and coolly curved the rebound in with his left. The intent on the handball was unclear and the decision will likely intensify the ongoing debate regarding the video review system.

Croatia started full of energy but went behind in the 18th minute when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off the head of Mandzukic, who had scored the extra-time victor against England in the semi-final.

The first goal of the match was Croatia's own goal during a free kick. Croatia lost a World Cup final, but at least they played like Croatia, the remarkable little strife-ridden football nation of four million people that went all the way to the greatest game of all.

As for Mbappé, he got his goal as well, taking advantage of Croatia's second-half fatigue, particularly Domagoj Vida (who was sort of attempting to defend him) and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, with a perfectly place low blast from long range.

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.

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

It was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 60 years ago.

Croatia will wear their famous red and white checkered shirt with white shorts and white socks in Sunday's final against France.

On 68 minutes, Lloris made a horrific error to let Croatia back in the game. However, Croatias leading marksman was not kept out for long, as he latched onto Perisics flick to fire home what proved to be the victor as Croatia booked their first ever spot in a World Cup final. The two previous finals were 0-0 after 90 minutes before being settled with a single goal deep into extra time. Without being brilliant today, they scored four goals, which gives an idea about France's level, and their coach's one. That was the final score.

However, it was their 4-3 win against Argentina in the round of 16 that brought France into the limelight.

It's amusing: When we think of France's 1998 world champions, we often forget that the '98 team was a heavy underdog at home against Brazil.

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