Les Bleus golden generation outdo brave Croats to seal second World Cup trimuph

Les Bleus golden generation outdo brave Croats to seal second World Cup trimuph

Brandon Sayer
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That though brings an end to today's coverage of the World Cup final between France and Croatia. I hope you have enjoyed our coverage. I have been Brandon Sayer taking you through the game, but until next time, have a good evening.

Perisic and Mandzukic scored the goals for Croatia but it wasn't enough as they ran out of steam but they can be proud of how they have done at this World Cup.

After many games, France have won the World Cup and in some style. Goals from Griezmann, Pogba, Mbappe and an own goal from Mandzukcic sealed the win for the French who have won the World for only the second time.

France have won the 2018 World Cup in Russia!

90+5' - The referee blows his whistle to end the game. France 4-2 Croatia.

90+2' - Vrsaljko receives a yellow card for a late tackle on Griezmann.

90' - The referee has decided to add on five minutes at the end of the second half.

82' - Croatia substitution: Strinic is replaced by Pjaca.

81' - France substitution: Giroud is replaced by Nabil Fekir.

73' - France substitution: Matuidi is replaced by Tolisso.

71' - Croatia substitution: Rebic is replaced by Kramaric.

69' - Goal for Croatia! Mandzukic gets one back for the Croatians. Lloris what are you doing? The French keeper failed to clear the ball and Mandzukic blocked his pass and the ball went into the back of the net. Well this has got interesting again.

65' - Goal for France! Mbappe makes it 4-1 to France. The youngster just had to get in on the action as his strike from the edge of the box flew into the bottom corner of the net. That should be that.

59' - Goal for France! Pogba makes it 3-1 to France. It was started and finished by Pogba who curled the ball home from the edge of the box with his left foot leaving Subasic with no chance. Is that game over for Croatia? we will find out.

55' - France substitution: Kante is replaced by Steven N'Zonzi.

52' - Finally Mbappe springs into life as Pogba released the pacy winger down the right hand side and his pace got him in on goal but he saw his goalbound shot well-saved by Subasic. Much more like it from France just now.

48' - Croatia have started the second half on the front foot aswell as Rebic forces Lloris into making a brilliant save to keep his side in the lead. Massive warning sign for the French.

46' - The referee blows his whistle to begin the second half. Game on!

Well whoever said that this game was going to boring was wrong as this is the first time that their has been 3 goals in the first half in a World Cup final since 1974. France took the lead when Mandzukic headed into his own net. Perisic then equalised with a fantastic strike but via the VAR, France were awarded a penalty and Greizmann stepped up to put France back in the lead. Will Croatia be able to come back in the second half? We will find out soon enough as we will bring you the second half live in a few minutes time!

45+3' - The referee blows his whistle to end the first half. France 2-1 Croatia.

45' - The referee has decided to add on three minutes at the end of the first half.

41' - Lucas Hernandez is shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Rebic.

38' - Goal for France! Greizmann converts from the spot. The striker confidently slotted the penalty home by sending Subasic the wrong way. Now we will see if Croatia can equalise again.

36' - Penalty to France after referee Pitana checks VAR after Perisic handled the ball from a France corner kick.

28' - Goal for Croatia! Perisic equalises for the Croatians. From the free-kick which Kante gave away, Modric deleivered the ball into the box and the ball finally fell to Perisic who fired a left footed strike into the bottom left hand corner of the net. A fantastic finish fitting of a final.

27' - Kante receives the first yellow card of the game for a deliberate foul on Perisic.

19' - Goal for France! Mandzukic heads the ball into his own net. France finally kept the ball for a peiod of time and were awarded a free kick in a good position which Greizmann took and he put the ball into a good area and the Crotaian striker put the ball into his own net under lots of pressure. Against the run of play.

13' - The Croatian players continue to show their skills on the pitch as the French players are really struggling to get on the ball for any sustained period of time. Perisic so far has been the one for Croatia who looks like he will unlock the French defence.

4' - Croatia have started really well in the early stages of this game by pressing the France players really high up and are getting some joy but so far they haven't created any chances due to good defending from Varane and Umtiti.

1' - Referee Nestor Pitana blows his whistle to begin the final. Game on!

Croatia starting XI: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Modric, Brozovic, Perisic, Mandzukic, Rebic.

France starting XI: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kanté, Mbappé, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud.

The all important team news is in from the Luzhniki Stadium for this intriguing World Cup final. Stay tuned as we bring it to you next!

In the France camp, Antoine Griezmann wasn't in the mood for such bold statements during a press conference ahead of the final, joking that he's scored less goals in this tournament than Euro 2016 as France lost the final that year, so he's simply trying something different. 

One man not concerned about fitness is Dejan Lovren, who feels he deserves a little more credit after being part of a Liverpool team that made it to the Champions League final, and now a Croatia team in the World Cup final. "I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense," he said in the aftermath of the win over England.

You have to wonder whether all that extra time will have taken it's toll on Croatia's fitness levels going into this one. They're underdogs to begin with, playing a combined 90 minutes more than France over the course of the last two weeks won't have helped. 

Zlatko Dalic's side didn't need penalties in the semi-final, but did need to come from behind as Kieran Tripper's free-kick handed England the lead. Ivan Perisic's second-half equaliser forced another extra time period, Mario Mandzukic sneaking behind the England defence to fire home a winner. 

All of Croatia's knockout ties have ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, with their quarter final against Russia ending 2-2 after extra time, Mario Fernandes' 115th minute equaliser offering the hosts hope before Croatia clutched up once more in the penalty-shootout. 

After such a positive group stage hopes had been boosted, but there was a perennial fear about the Croat's knockout form, which has let them down in previous years. Conceding in the first minute of their last 16 tie against Denmark wasn't ideal, but they did manage to equalise three minutes later before taking the game all the way to penalties - winning 3-2.

Croatia, considered little more than potential dark-horses before the tournament began, really put down a marker in the group stage. Beating Nigeria in their opening game got them up and running, before they absolutely dismantled Argentina with a 3-0 victory. They'd virtually topped the group by the time they faced Iceland, but pretty much made sure with Ivan Perisic's last minute winner securing a 2-1 win.

Belgium were next up for France after their brilliant dispatching of Brazil, a tight semi-final with the two teams separated by a Samuel Umtiti header shortly after half-time, bringing France into today's final.

They do say that the best teams get better as the tournament goes on and France continued to do this in the quarter final, beating Uruguay 2-0 through goals from Raphael Varane and a fortunate Griezmann strike that was spilt into goal by 'keeper Fernando Muslera

Thankfully for Deschamps, the attack really clicked together in the second round, just as the defence struggled. Griezmann's early penalty gave France the lead over a sub-par Argentina, but Lionel Messi's men managed to turn the game around - going 2-1 ahead. However, it was to be Mbappe's day as he scored twice to help France go 4-2 ahead, Sergio Aguero's stoppage time equaliser not enough to prevent Les Blues marching into the last eight.

The French failed to dazzle in the group stage but got the job done, beating Australia and Peru before drawing their final game against Denmark to ensure top spot. Despite that, there was criticism aimed at Didier Deschamps for a lack of attacking fluidity from a team that contains stars such as Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

France were amongst the pre-tournament favourites but have taken a difficult route to the final, as they aim for a second World Cup title in their history, having previously won in 1998 by beating Brazil 3-0 in the final.

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute coverage of the 2018 World Cup final, to be played by France and Croatia. This is it, a month of glorious football brought to an end by two teams chasing ultimate glory and a place in history. I'm Brandon Sayer and I'll be taking you through the game, with kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow set for 4PM BST. Before then we'll build up to the game and take the team news in around an hour before kick-off, so stick with us.