Fitting finale for France caps a fantastic World Cup


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.

Croatia have played in three straight extra-time games (two went to penalties), the equivalent of one more game compared to France.

France's Samuel Umtiti, second from left, is congratulated by his teammates France's Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, from left, after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Should any of them fail to surpass Kane, the Tottenham man would become only the second ever England player to win the prize, after Gary Lineker also hit six at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Ivan Perisic levelled with a calm effort from the edge of the penalty area, but he would turn from hero to villain.

There were wild scenes on the streets of Paris following France's World Cup victory. Croatia also include members of the Premier League (1), LaLiga (3), Serie A (4), Ligue 1 (1) and the Bundesliga (1).

Outcast forward Karim Benzema congratulated France on their thrilling World Cup final triumph on Sunday.

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Fitting finale for France caps a fantastic World Cup

Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia, first to equalize in the 28th minute and later as a consolation goal in the 69th, embarrassing Lloris with a flicked shot as the France goalkeeper tried to dribble the ball out of his goalmouth.

"Today we did not do everything right but have those mental and psychological qualities which were decisive - and we did score four goals".

The third goal was scored in the 59th minute by Pogba, who picked up the original initial shot was blocked, although the second chance was steered gracefully into the net.

The last Final not decided after extra time or penalties was 16 years ago, back in 2002 with each of the last two World Cup finals finishing 1-0 after a goal in extra time.

But Lloris has vowed there will be no such arrogance in the showdown with Zlatko Dalic's Croatia in Moscow, even though he does not think all the players truly expected to beat Portugal.

Stat attack: France haven't lost to Croatia in their five meetings (W3, D2), including victory in the 1998 semi.

Although Croatia came third in the 1998 tournament - just seven years after the country declared independence from Yugoslavia - this is "one step bigger", Kulis said.

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