Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Why Croatia is being TALKED ABOUT despite France being the victor?

Why Croatia is being TALKED ABOUT despite France being the victor?

France won the World Cup for the second time in their history after beating Croatia 4-2 in an entertaining final here on Sunday.

Croatia started full of energy but went behind in the 18th minute when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off the head of Mandzukic, who had scored the extra-time victor against England in the semi-final.

The star Croatian turned villain ten minutes after his goal, hand balling clumsily in the box which saw referee Nestor Pintana award France a spot-kick for Griezmann to dispatch.

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When Antoine Griezmann scored France's second goal minutes later on a penalty, a few grumbles could be heard. (Reuters) The first French goal came off a set-piece when Antoine Griezmann - the engine of Les Bleus attack - floated in a beauty from a free-kick which took Mandzukic's rising head to fly into the goal.

It was harsh on Croatia, who had made most of the running, and they were on top again after the break, continually winning their one-on-one duels in the air and in every tackle and forging forward in the French box with plenty of variety. "The crowd absolutely erupted as soon as the final whistle sounded, all 80,000 of those packed in the fan zone". You should be able to log in to Fox Sports Go regardless, but better safe than sorry (especially with the World Cup final on the line).

Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of Paris following Tuesday's semi-final win over Belgium and confidence is high that Didier Deschamps' team can match the achievement of the 1998 winners. Kylian Mbappe then exploded for two quick goals in the 4-3 victory.

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Croatia and France will face off for the biggest prize in football as the two European nations meet in the World Cup Final this afternoon.

And not even a late blunder by Hugo Lloris, who tried to dribble past Mandzukic, only to see the Croatian striker put his foot out to score, could deny France a second World Cup title.

Pitana, a 43-year-old physical education teacher, has already refereed four matches at Russian Federation 2018, taking charge of Russian Federation v Saudi Arabia (Opening Game) and Mexico v Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, as well as the quarter-final between Uruguay and France. And we scored four goals anyway. "We dominated and then the penalty was given".

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

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