FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL – LIVE SCORECARD AND MATCH ANALYSIS. After a month-long battle, Welcome to the Finals of the Fifa World Cup 2018 Final in Moscow, between the former Champions France, winners of 2008 FIFA World Cup and Croatia, this year’s Darkhorse and underdogs. Will France reclaim its past glory and become champions again or Croatia script a perfect underdog story.
Croatia XI: Danijel Subasic; Ivan Strinic, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko; Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric; Ivan Perisic, Mario Manduzkic, Ante Rebic.
France XI: Hugo Lloris; Lucas Hernandez, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Benjamin Pavard; Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante; Blaise Matuidi, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Olivier Giroud.
At half-time, France leads 2-1 with a brilliance performance of Antoine Griezmann, contributing in both goals. France opened their account within 18th minute goal courtesy well-directed freekick by Griezmann from the 30-yard mark which took a deflection of Mario Mandzukic to end in the far corner away from the reach of Danijel Subasic, resulting in the first own-goal in a World Cup Finals.
However, Ivan Perisic levelled the scores in the 28th minute goal with a screamer way beyond the reach of Hugo Lloris.
France regained the lead with a 38th minute Antoine Griezmann penalty, the first penalty ever to be awarded in a Word Cup Finals using the VAR Technology.
At half time, France lead at 2-1 with Croatia having superior possession and more shots on goal, we await to see how the second half shapes up.
France vs Croatia 2018 Final Match Summary
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