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Here are the five talking points from the FIFA World Cup 2018 finale between France and Croatia.
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FIFA World Cup 2018, Final – France vs Croatia – Five Talking Points

France vs Croatia has lived up to the expectation of a FIFA world cup final. Both the sides have entertained the fans with their own style of football.

However, France’s incredible conversion rate has helped them secure an easy win. On the other hand, Croatia have had an incredible run to the world cup final. The team takes a lot of pride from their efforts.

Here we look at the top 5 talking points from the biggest event in football.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Awards

The Croatian captain Luka Modric has been named the FIFA 2018 World Cup Golden Ball winner. While, France’s 19-year old star Kylian Mbappe was named as the best young player at the tournament.

Croatia’s Modric won the Golden Ball despite his side’s defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

Modric helped Croatia to the World Cup final with his outstanding play in the middle of the park. The nation of just over 4 million people made a fairytale run through the competition with wins over the likes of Argentina and England along the way.

Modric edged out Belgium’s Eden Hazard and France’s Antoine Griezmann, who finished second and third respectively, for top honours. Mbappe was also impressive throughout the tournament and was among the scorers in the final. The 19-year-old also scored a brace in a  4-3 win Argentina in the round of 16.

England’s Harry Kane claimed the Golden Boot for the competition with his six goals for England. His side made it all the way to the semi-final before being knocked out after extra time by Croatia.

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Griezmann was the man nearest Kane at the top of the scoring charts. Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku finished third while his side also finished as third after defeating England 2-0.

Lukaku’s team-mate Thibaut Courtois was named as the tournament’s top goalkeeper. He won the  Golden Glove award and Spain claimed the FIFA Fair Play trophy.

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France’s array of superstars came out to shine as Antoine, Mbappe and Pogba fired them to World Cup glory with an emphatic 4-2 win over Croatia. France became the first team to score four goals in a World Cup final since Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in 1970. While, Croatia are the first team to lose in their first ever appearance in a World Cup final since the Netherlands in 1974.

THE FIFA 2018 AWARDS:

Golden Ball Winner: Luka Modric (Croatia)
Best Young Player Of The Tournament: Kylian Mbappe (France)
Golden Boot Winner: Harry Kane (England)
Golden Glove Award: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
FIFA Fair Play Award: Spain

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2018 FIFA World Cup, France vs Croatia: Paul Pogba & Kylian Mbappe Seal Thrilling World Cup Triumph For Les Bleus

France won their second World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in a pulsating final on Sunday in Moscow.

The Les Bleus took the lead in the 18th minute through a Mario Mandzukic own goal. However, Ivan Perisic fired home an equaliser 10 minutes later. But seven minutes before half-time, referee Nestor Pitana controversially awarded a spot-kick for a handball by Perisic after consulting pitch-side replays, which Griezmann duly converted.

Second-half goals from Paul Pogba (59) and Kylian Mbappé (65) took the game away from Croatia before Mandzukic pulled one back for his side after a Hugo Lloris error.

If this World Cup was full of drama then the finale just put the icing on the cake.  Contrary to the popular speculations, Croatia, the debutants in the final, started the stronger. They enjoyed the majority of possessions early on and tested France from both the flanks.

However, France took the lead against the run of play in the 18th minute. Griezmann tumbled when Marcelo Brozovic clipped his heels and the Atletico Madrid star’s floated free-kick was headed unintentionally into his own net by Mandzukic. But Croatia soon responded in style as Perisic scored the equaliser just ten minutes later.

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Perisic was tripped by N’Golo Kante, who was booked for his indiscretion. France failed to adequately deal with Luka Modric’s deep free-kick and Perisic seized on a knockdown from Domagoj Vida with a clever right-footed touch and an eye-catching left-footed finish. But Perisic’s joy soon turned into despair afterwards when a lengthy VAR review saw him penalised for handball from Griezmann’s corner. Replays left no doubt the ball struck Perisic’s left hand.

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However, there were doubts over the legitimacy of the penalty as he was pulling his arm down. He was also left largely unsighted by Raphael Varane. But the referee decided to award the penalty and Griezmann duly converted it. France then survived a sustained spell of set-piece pressure to keep their lead intact at the break.

Croatia started brightly after the break too. Three minutes after the restart, Ante Rebic was put through on goal by a wonderful pass from Ivan Rakitic. However, his effort was tipped over the bar by Hugo Lloris. Croatia kept on attacking but just could not find the back of the net. And they soon paid a hefty price for it.

One minute before the hour-mark, Pogba handed France a two-goal cushion. The Manchester United star started the move with a sensational half-volleyed through ball for Mbappe who then found Griezmann. The ball was laid back to Pogba and on his second attempt, fired a left-footed shot that completely wrong-footed Danijel Subasic.

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Six minutes later, Mbappe put the game to the bed by scoring France’s fourth. In the process, he became the second teenager after the legendary Pele to score in a World Cup final. Mandzukic scored one after a howler from Lloris but it was a mere consolation. France held on to lay their hands at the coveted title for the second time and the first time since 1998.

 

 

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Here are the five talking points from the FIFA World Cup 2018 finale between France and Croatia.
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FIFA 2018, France vs Croatia: Twitter Reacts As France Thrash Croatia To Win Their Second World Cup

France ended Croatia’s fairytale run in the World Cup in the most of brutal of fashions, thrashing the first-time finalists 4-2 to win their second World Cup title.

Despite being far from their best, France headed into the break with a 2-1 lead. The Les Bleus’ two goals came from set-pieces as Mario Mandzukic became the first player to score an own goal in the World Cup final. Ivan Perisic brought Croatia level with a crisp strike on his left foot. However, he was then the villain as Antoine Griezmann’s corner struck his hand and after a VAR review, the referee pointed to the spot. Griezmann duly converted to put France back in front at the break.

After the break, Paul Pogba all but sealed Croatia’s fate by scoring France’s third just before the hour mark. Kylian Mbappe then put the icing on the cake by scoring the fourth in the 65th minute. Four minutes later, Mandzukic pulled one back for Croatia but it turned out to be merely a consolation goal.

Contrary to popular speculations, it was debutant Croatia who started the game on the frontfoot. Croatia showed no nerves as they applied pressure to the 1998 winners. However, France once again showed their strength at the back as they dealt with the Croatian attack quite well.

In the third minute, Peresic won the ball off Pavard and burst forward on the counter-attack. He drove into the penalty area but Varane came across to make a crucial tackle. Six minutes later,  Rakitic released Strinic into the box and he almost made some  room to fire a low ball across the face of goal. However, Mbappe got back in time to make the challenge, diverting the ball out for a corner.

But all the early pressure counted for little as France took the lead against the run of play in the 18th minute. After being fouled at the edge of the box, Antoine Griezmann whipped the resulting free-kick into the penalty area. The ball flicked off the head of Mandzukic before finding the back of the net.

Croatia, however, were not pegged back by the unfortunate goal and soon got the reward. In the 28th minute, Perisic scored a brilliant goal to equalise. France failed to clear the danger from a free-kick as Manzukic then Vida knocked the ball towards Perisic. The Inter Milan star took time and space to pick his spot on his left foot before drilling his effort past Lloris.

But 5 minutes later, Perisic turned into villain when he handled Griezmann’s corner-kick. The referee pointed to the spot after reviewing the VAR and Griezmann made no mistake from the spot. Croatia tried to find the equaliser before the break but France held on to keep their lead intact.

Croatia started brightly after the break too. Three minutes after the restart, Ante Rebic was put through on goal by a wonderful pass from Ivan Rakitic. However, his effort was tipped over the bar by Hugo Lloris. Croatia kept on attacking but just could not find the back of the net. And they soon paid a hefty price for it.

One minute before the hour-mark, Pogba handed France a two-goal cushion.  His first effort was blocked by Vida before he curled in with his left-foot from the rebound. Six minutes later, Mbappe put the game to the bed and in the process became just the second teenager after the legendary Pele to score in a World Cup final.

A howler from Lloris then saw Mandzukic reduce the deficit but France held on to win the coveted title.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the game:

https://twitter.com/Carra23/status/1018532923505627136

https://twitter.com/LuckyHeronSay/status/1018536597128646657

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2018 FIFA World Cup Final: Own Goal And VAR Penalty See France Head Into Break With 2-1 Lead

An own goal and a controversial penalty resulting from VAR sees France heading into the break with a 2-1 lead over Croatia in the ongoing World Cup final.

Contrary to popular speculations, it was debutant Croatia who began the much-anticipated clash on a brighter note. They tested the Les Bleus with a dazzling attacking display but the 1998 winners managed to keep things tight at the back.

In the third minute, Peresic won the ball off Pavard and burst forward on the counter-attack. He drove into the penalty area but Varane came across to make a crucial tackle. Six minutes later,  Rakitic released Strinic into the box and he almost made some  room to fire a low ball across the face of goal. However, Kylian Mbappe got back in time to make the challenge, diverting the ball out for a corner.

France then had their first shot on the target in the 18th minute and it gave them the lead against the run of play. After being fouled at the edge of the box, Antoine Griezmann whipped the resulting free-kick into the penalty area.  It was a teasing cross and it found the back of the net after being flicked off the head of  Mario Mandzukic who had hit Croatia’s winner in the semifinal.

But the heartbreaking goal did not peg back Croatia as they continued to attack and they finally had their reward. Just before the half hour mark, Ivan Perisic, who had also hit the equaliser in the semifinal, scored to restore parity. France failed to clear the danger from a free-kick as Manzukic then Vida knocked the ball towards Perisic. The Inter Milan star took time and space to pick his spot on his left foot before drilling his effort past Lloris.

The game soon witnessed its first controversy when France were awarded a penalty in controversial manner. Perisic turned from hero to villain as Griezmann’s corner struck his hand.

And after a VAR review, the referee pointed to the spot. Griezmann duly converted to put France back in front at the break.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Five Players to Look Out for in the Finale

Twenty-two players on the pitch will battle for the ultimate glory in Moscow tonight. In terms of experience, France are well ahead as they played the 1998 and 2006 finale, while for Croatia, it’s their first ever World Cup final. Here we list the five players to look out for in the finale.

France and Croatia will lock horns at the Luzhniki Stadium in the finale of the World Cup final.

But experience sometimes doesn’t matter in the final if any individual lights up on their day. Here we take a look at the top five players to look out for in the finale.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Ivan Rakitic Ready to Exchange All his Titles for World Cup

Croatia created history by reaching their first ever FIFA World Cup final in Russia. However, the daunting task ahead in France is not intimidating them.

Although, they begin the game as underdogs. Croatia has the player quality that can win them games. One of the star-studded players in the line up is Barcelona’s midfielder, Ivan Rakitic.

The 30-year old had already won all the potential titles as a club footballer and is oozing to win the World Cup on Sunday. With a mere 4.5 million population, Croatia’s run to the final of the World Cup is nothing short of history.

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia pip Russia to enter FIFA World Cup semis

And Rakitic believes there will be 4.5 million players for Croatia on the pitch during Sunday’s final. The hype and positive vibes surrounding the team are quite good.

They had won Group D and progressed as the winners and then defeated Denmark in their Round of 16 clashes. Croatia then won against hosts Russia on penalties, before beating England in semi-finals to progress to the finals of the tournament.

They will now face tournament favourites France in the finals of 2018 World Cup.

“This is a historic game not just for the 13 or 14 players and the squad but also for everybody who is a Croat,” Rakitic said at a news conference on Friday. “There will be 4.5 million players on the pitch.

“I think that you only need to take a look at the footage coming from Croatia to see what’s been going on over the past month. It cannot be described with words, that amount of joy, togetherness, unity, pride. It’s incredible. … If there was a stadium big enough for 4.5 million people, it would be full.”

Croatia have been very impressive, as they played as a collective unit throughout the tournament. Ivan Rakitic, Modric, Mandzukic, Rebic and others had turned up when the team needed results. It has been the case in their glorious run to the finals, as they look to make one final step.

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Croatia beat hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties to advance to the FIFA World Cup 2018 semis.

Ivan Rakitic revealed he is ready to exchange all his titles and also sacrifice rest of his career for World Cup. He also insisted the team and country ahead in the game and no individuals matter.

“I would exchange all titles,” Rakitic said. “I would definitely leave my boots at home if that were the price I would have to pay, I would pay any price for the success of my country. Individuals don’t matter. It is all about us.”

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Didier Deschamps says Luka Modric is no easy player to play against in the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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FIFA World Cup 2018: You Didn’t See the Same Modric as Me – Didier Deschamps

Less than 24 hours to go for the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018. France manager Didier Deschamps doesn’t agree it will be easier to defend against Luka Modric than Lionel Messi or Eden Hazard as the Croatia star is “less mobile”.

Deschamps’ side will take on Croatia in the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Modric’s form at the World Cup saw him tipped to win the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. Deschamps sees no reason why France would have an easier time against the Real Madrid star. Deschamps said in the press conference,

“I’m sorry, but you probably didn’t see the same Modric as me if you think he is not mobile. He can play in the centre, not especially, but of course, he has technical qualities that are matched on the other side by Rakitic and his playing intelligence is huge. So he has a great influence on his team.”

“He’s not on the same register as Messi and Hazard as he is not as individual. He’s a midfielder, an attacking midfielder, but Hazard and Messi are proper forwards,” he added.

Deschamps, a World Cup-winner in 1998 coached this side to the final of Euro 2016 only for Portugal to break hearts in Paris with a 1-0 win. The 49-year old does not think memories of that defeat have had a huge impact on his World Cup squad.

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However, he does hope those players will use the memory of that loss to strive for a more favourable outcome.

“The group is different to the group we had two years ago. Because 14 layers were not there two years ago. Those 14 new players have discovered what a great competition there is in Russia, so their experience is, of course, more limited.”

The world awaits to see if France can lift the FIFA World Cup 2018 this or it will be yet another heartbreak for Deschamps’ side.

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France and Croatia will battle it out for the ultimate glory at finale of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Final – France vs Croatia – Match Preview

The time is almost here for the finale of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. Two teams, France and Croatia, are all set to battle for the biggest prize in sports entertainment.

France and Croatia will battle for the biggest prize in football history at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Deschamps’ side overcame Belgium 1-0 in the semi-finals, with Samuel Umtiti securing a 1-0 victory. Croatia, on the other hand, showed great resolve to battle back from a goal down against England to eventually win 2-1 in extra-time courtesy of a Mario Mandzukic volley.

France manager Didier Deschamps could write his name into the history books. If France wins the World Cup, he will become only the third man to win the  Cup both as a player and a coach.

France had beaten Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium to reach the final while Croatia had knocked out Denmark, Russia and England. It will be Croatia’s first appearance in a FIFA World Cup final, and they could become the eighth different country to win the competition.

PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

FRANCE: KYLIAN MBAPPE

France's Mbappe hailed as new global superstar

France is full of technically gifted players. But it is their 19-year old wonder kid who has taken this tournament by storm. His galloping runs from the right-flank have been too powerful to obstruct by any opponent.

He has scored three goals in this tournament and is the most dangerous player for his nation. A hat-trick in the final will help him to snatch the Golden Boot from Kane.

CROATIA: LUKA MODRIC

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After winning UCL with Real Madrid and carrying his team to the final, many are considering him as a contender for the Ballon d’Or. Winning the World Cup will make him a serious candidate for the trophy.

His performance against England was a treat. But he will be facing an entirely different challenge against France.

N’Golo Kante is no Henderson, and Modric will find it very hard to contain him. A battle between the midfielders to watch out for.

VENUE AND TIME:

France and Croatia will lock horns at the Luzhniki Stadium. The action will begin at 8:30 PM IST.

WHERE TO WATCH:

The Indian fans will enjoy extensive coverage of the game. SONY TEN 2 SD and HD channels will telecast the match.

SONY TEN 3 SD will air the Hindi feed. Bengali and Malayali feed will be available on SONY ESPN SD channel.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS:

France XILloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud

Croatia XISubasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic

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Nestor Pitana, the Argentina referee would officiate in the finale of FIFA World Cup 2018.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: An Argentine Referee to Officiate the Final

The final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is all set to take place on 15 July in Moscow. The favourites France will take on the dark horses Croatia and the winner will be crowned as the World Champion.

France and Croatia will battle it out in the final for the World Cup trophy on July 15th, Sunday.

After all the upsets in the tournament, the final promises to be a cracker. The summit clash of the showpiece event is noted as one of the most critical matches in the history of football. And, needless to say, that the referees have to be top notch for games like this.

FIFA has confirmed an Argentine referee, Nestor Pitana will officiate in the final. He will be assisted by Hernan Maidana and Juan Belatti, with Bjorn Kuipers serving as the fourth official.

The 43-year old Argentine referee has been involved with the Superliga Argentina since 2007. He graduated as an international referee in 2010 and has presided over games in various CONMEBOL competitions. It includes the Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, and Copa America. As well as a referee, Pitana works as a physical education teacher.

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His assistants Maidana and Belatti also hail from Argentina, while Kuipers is a native of the Netherlands. Pitana is a vastly experienced referee and had already been involved in four games at Russia 2018. He officiated two group stage games and two knockout stage ties.

He had already been the adjudicator for games involving both Croatia and France. The ref served for Croatia’s last 16 match against Denmark and France’s quarter-final victory over Uruguay.

As well as the 2018 World Cup, Pitana was also a referee at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He had also been a referee at the 2015 Copa America, the 2017 Confederations Cup, the Olympic games and a variety of competitive international qualifying matches.