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France on top of the world again

France on top of the world again France on top of the world again
Diane Mills | 16 July, 2018, 06:26

The 19-year-old Mbappe became only the second teenager after Pele to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.

He joined Mario Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer, who capatained West Germany. The two previous finals were 0-0 after 90 minutes before being settled with a single goal deep into extra time.

But the only statistic France really care about is that the result makes them world champions for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998. Beaten on penalties by Italy in the 2006 final, France's hunger is all the greater after the agony of their defeat as hosts against Portugal in the Euro 2016 final.

France, which claimed the country's only World Cup title on home turf in 1998, will be playing in their third final in 20 years.

Putin was later on the field to award medals to the players in a ceremony soon drenched in rain and joy.

France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. "We are far from thinking on our side that we have already reached the goal".

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Robbie Jay Barratt- AMA GettyImages

Help us grow and continue telling Israel's story to the world. A fine Croatian set-piece routine ended up with the ball finding Ivan Perisic at the edge of the box, the Inter wingers strike flew past French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and into France's net. Though referee Nestor Pitana did not initially give the penalty, the video assistant referee (VAR) suggested he should review the play, and after a brief period the Argentine awarded the spot kick.

Ignoring Croatian protests, Griezmann stroked the ball home in the 38th minute for his fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018. After pool play, Croatia defeated Denmark, Russia and England to advance to the final, while France beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium.

Griezmann stepped up to convert, and at 2-1 up at halftime, France were not going to be stopped. His right-footed shot was blocked but he coolly curved the rebound in with his left.

Coming out for the second half, France then showed there was too much individual quality in their side as Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba scored fantastic goals to put them 4-1 ahead.

After three successive extra-time knockout games, the chances of another Croatian comeback seemed slight but they looked dead and buried six minutes later. And he got a "welcome to the club" by the only other player to do so. "I think what we have accomplished will be remembered forever and we can be proud of ourselves".

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