France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2018 World Cup title

Posted at 1:04 PM, Jul 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-15 23:11:40-04

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN/FOX 17) -- France dominated Croatia 4-2 to claim the 2018 World Cup soccer title Sunday on FOX 17.

It marked France's first World Cup championship since the 1998 edition on home soil. The French came into the contest as the firm favorites.

Croatia dispatched England in its semifinal to advance to the finale.

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    Get French Football News@GFFN

    Antoine Griezmann now a front-runner in the World Cup Golden Ball conversation; the defensive output he implemented throughout the knock-out stages in particular was absolutely mind-blowing. An absolute hero.

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    France 4-2 Croatia

    Mario Mandzukic OG 18', Ivan Perisic 27', Antoine Griezmann penalty 37', Paul Pogba 58', Kylian Mbappe 64', Mario Mandzukic 69'

    Lineups: FRA - Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroud. CRO - Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Brozovic, Rakitic, Modric, Rebic, Perisic, Mandzukic.

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    France vs. Croatia - July 15, 2018

    Betting: England 8/1 to win Euro 2020 after World Cup defeat to Croatia

    via Goal

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    France vs. Croatia - July 15, 2018

    France seal second World Cup triumph with 4-2 win over brave Croatia

    via the Guardian

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    You have to go through the heartache to truly appreciate the good times 🙌🏽
    It was surely meant to be ours. The one we've almost had in 2006; we've suffered we've lost but we've never given up 🙌🏽

    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS 🏆#Alezlebleus 💪🏽#fiersdetrebleus 🥇🇫🇷❤️

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    France vs. Croatia - July 15, 2018

    Celebrate with Griezmann, Give Out the L 🛒

    via B/R Shop

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    Emeka Enyadike@EmekaEnyadike

    Didier Deschamps becomes only the 3rd person to win the World Cup as Player and Manager/Coach....Mario Zagalo won 1958 & 1962 and in 1970 as Coach. Franz Beckenbauer as Player in 74 & Coach in Deschamps in 98 & 2018 #Legends

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    Neil Sherwin@neilsherwin

    Six goals, VAR controversy, an own goal, a keeper getting caught out for a goal, a couple of delicious finishes. I’m thoroughly satisfied by that #WorldCupFinal (and the tournament as a whole)👌🏻

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    Euro 2016 was not a set back but a stepping stone World Champions 2018 #FiersdetreBleus #FRA @FrenchTeam

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    Publicis Groupe


    Publicis is proud to be bleu! #FiersdetreBleus A huge congratulations to the @FrenchTeam @equipedefrance on winning France’s 2nd #WorldCup championship. @FIFAWorldCup #WC2018

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    Stuart James Quigley@sqstudios

    Might want to have a look who's in goal for Monaco in 2022. That's the fourth #WorldCup in a row that the losing team's goalkeeper has played for them.

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    Karl Matchett


    Congrats to #FRA, World Cup winners.

    They don't care for your annoyance that they're better than they've shown. They don't care that another team played more thrilling football and went out early.

    This is theirs #WorldCupFinal 🏆

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    World champions, glory for France! Croatia left to suffer as runners-up.

    Sam Tighe


    FT: #FRA 4-2 #CRO. Hardly the convincing, measured performance expected from France but they won’t care. Once again, they produce the moments to win games. Kante oddly terrible but it didn’t matter. Griezmann worked so, so hard! #WorldCup

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    Christian Legeur@christianlegeur

    Croatia has been splendid in the World Cup. Therefore, congratulate and congratulate this beautiful country and all its members. #BudiPonosan And also congratulate our neighbors, for being the new champions. Congratulations France! #fiersdetrebleus

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    France just won the World Cup!!! So happy for France!!! La France est le champion du monde #FRA⁠ ⁠ #CRO⁠ ⁠ #WorldCup⁠ ⁠ #FiersDetreBleus

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    Dominique #allezlesbleus go go france ⚽️🇫🇷⚽️@DorisMalagasy

    Omg je me revois il y a 20 ans !! Bravo les bleus !! #Fiersdetrebleus #championdonde 20 years ago i was here!! Crazy!!!!! @equipedefrance

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    Full time

    France 4-2 Croatia


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    Vrsaljko now scythes down Griezmann and it's a booking for the right-back.

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    Into stoppage time we go. Vrsaljko fouls Tolisso and it winds down more seconds Croatia don't have.

    Five minutes added on.

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    Eamonn Clarke@efclarke

    #Croatia hold your heads up. Brilliant tournament and sorry you did not win this last match @HNS_CFF #CroatiavsFrance #Vatreni

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    Lea Markovic@MarkovicLea

    The strength and resilience our boys fought with is something we should all be proud of and learn from- I for one, have never been prouder to be Croatian! ❤️🇭🇷❤️🇭🇷 #Vatreni

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    France vs. Croatia - July 15, 2018

    World Cup 2018: Howler from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris gives Croatia lifeline

    via BBC Sport

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    France vs. Croatia - July 15, 2018

    World Cup 2018: Kylian Mbappe stretches France lead to 4-1 over Croatia

    via BBC Sport

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    Croatia running out of ideas now. Passing around nicely but not getting anywhere and not threatening Lloris. Rakitic strikes from range but it's over the bar.



    Pele and Kylian Mbappe are the only teenagers who have scored in a #WorldCupFinal 🔥

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    TWO STARS!!! 🌟🌟 #FiersdetreBleus #fra 💕

    Equipe de France


    ⭐️⭐️ #FiersdetreBleus

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    The Spanish Football Podcast@tsf_podcast

    Varane, Umtiti, Hernández and Griezmann all had very good to great World Cups. Deserve to be on the winning side (although Modric & Rakitic did too...)

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    Pjaca drives toward the box and plays through for Vrsaljko, but his right-back has moved out the way. France inching toward the trophy.

    Soccer AM


    Caption this! ✍️

    What is Lloris thinking in this exact moment?! 😬

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    Into the last 10 minutes, Croatia needing two goals. Modric dictating proceedings but can't quite find the gap.

    FRA sub: Giroud off, Fekir on CRO sub: Strinic off, Pjaca on



    2 - Kylian Mbappé 🇫🇷 is only the 2nd Ligue 1 player to score in a World Cup final after Jorge Burruchaga with Argentina in 1986 (Nantes). Wonder. #FRACRO #WorldCupFinal

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    Rakitic strikes from the edge of the box and it's wide off Nzonzi - ref gives a goal kick. Frustration for Croatia.

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    Just over 15 minutes left for Croatia to mount an improbable comeback. Croatia can't afford another slip-up at the back, though.

    FRA sub: Tolisso for Matuidi

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    Hajde Hrvatska! 🇭🇷@raguna_beach

    I’ll never eat a baguette again. Freedom fries for life. #FlamingPride

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    Mike LeBlanc@leblancers

    #Repost equipedefrance with get_repost
    ON EST CHAMPIONS DU MONDE !!! 🇫🇷🏆🇫🇷🏆🇫🇷🏆 #FiersdetreBleus
    WE ARE THE 2018 WORLD CUP WINNER 🇫🇷🏆🇫🇷🏆🇫🇷🏆 

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    Croatia Keeper Is Having a Bad Day

    David Gardner


    Danijel Subasic on that second shot

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    Don't Care, Won the Trophy 😎



    546 - Olivier Giroud didn't attempt a single shot on target in 546 minutes at this World Cup for France. Nonplussed.#WorldCupFinal #WorldCup #FRA #CRO

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    😂 How Can You Not Love This Guy?

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    Lloris, WYD?

    Crazy mistake kept final interesting (🎥US Only)

    Telemundo Deportes


    #MundialTelemundo ¿El oso de la Copa del Mundo? ¡Grosero error de Lloris y #CRO se acerca en el marcador! #FRA 4-2 #CRO

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    🇺🇦 | 🇭🇷@H45HEM

    You have done us all proud! You surprised the world. I adore this team. You are still better than 30 other teams in this tournament. Keep your chins up. Your are still Champions to me. @HNS_CFF #FlamingPride

  48. 27 minutes ago

    Is Subosic Injured?

    Ed Malyon


    Is Subasic still injured? If so, probably fair to say he, y'know, shouldn't have played and failed to dive for two goals so far

  49. 32 minutes ago


    Out of nothing, Croatia given a lifeline! A backpass to Lloris is routine, Mandzukic closes him down and Lloris inexplicably tries to dribble past the striker...who gets a toe on the ball and diverts it in!

    CRO sub: Rebic off, Kramaric on

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    Mbappe Seals World Cup for France ⚡

    Croatia beaten 4-2 in wild final (🎥US Only)

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    68' - GOAL!

    France 4-2 Croatia Mario Mandzukic 69'

    Andrew Gaffney


    I honestly believe Croatia dug their own grave by underestimating France and assuming that they were destined to win the World Cup with their arrogant songs.

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    Bradley Nalliah@BradNalliah27

    Still was a great run from #CRO A small country with so much of passion and pride!! Will never forget that moment when Perisic equalised 🙌🏻💯 #IdemoVatreni #FlamingPride

  56. 36 minutes ago

    France Running Riot!

    Great run from Hernandez down the left, it's worked infield to Mbappe and he takes a touch before drilling it hard and low from 25 yards - and finding the bottom corner past a wrong-footed Subasic. 4-1 to France!

  57. 23 minutes ago

    One. Goalless. Game.

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    Bravo Croatia! Hrvatska played the best, most beautiful football. #Vatreni #CRO #FRACRO

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    Ivana Banović@Ivana_Banovic

    Congratulations France but you didn't deserve this win ✌🏽
    Croatia 🇭🇷 you made us all proud guys! You are champions to us #SRCEVATRENO #vatreni #croatia #proud

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    64' - GOAL!

    France 4-1 Croatia Kylian Mbappe