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(LIVE) Russia 2018 final: France vs Croatia

FULL TIME!!!!! France are World Champions as they beat Croatia 4-2 in the final.

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90+2′ YELLOW CARD!!!! Croatia’s Vrsaljko goes into the book for a dangerous tackle.

90′ Five minutes stoppage time added.

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88′ SHOT!!! Rakitic goes for a shot from about 30 yards away but the ball sways wide.

86′ SHOT!!! Fekir shoots fro outside the box but Danijel Subasic collects the ball easily.

83′ STATS!!! Giroud will be ending his World Cup campaign without a single goal for his efforts.

81′ SUBSTITUTION!!!! Croatia bring in Marko Pjaca for  Ivan Strinić.

80′ SUBSTITUTION!!!! France’s Giroud is giving way for Nabil Fekir.

77′ SHOT!!!! Croatia are not giving up yet and Rakitic hits a shot that rolls narrowly wide of the far post.

72′ SUBSTITUTION!!!! France’s Tolisso enters the action to replace Matuidi.

71′ SUBSTITUTION!!!! Croatia take out Ante Rebić for Andrej Kramari.

68′ GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL>>>> Croatia reduce the tally as Mario Mandzukic snatches the ball into the net fron Lloris. France 4-2 Croatia.

65′ GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL>>>Mbappe unleashes a shot from outside the box to shake  the net once more. It’s France 4-1 Croatia.

59′ GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL>>>Paul Pogba blasts home to put the game beyound Croatia. France 3-1 Croatia.

54′ SUBSTITUTION!!! France make the first change as Kante gives way for Stephen Nzonzi.

51′ SAVE!!! France go forward as Pogba locates Mbappe who outruns Vidal on the right flank before hitting a deadly shot but Danijel Subasic makes himself big to block.

48′ SAVE!!! Croatia’s Rebic latches on to Modric’s offload in the box and he goes for the strike from the left inside channe only to be denied by a sharp save from Lloris.

46′ SECOND HALF!!! We are back for the last 45 minutes of this year’s World Cup with Croatia hoping to come back level again.

HALF TIME!!! France go into the break with a 2-1 lead. Truth be told, Croatia were the better side in the first half but an own goal and penalty undone all their efforts.

45+1 WIDE!!! Croatia’s Rakitic crosses in from a corner-kick but its nodded wide by Vidal.

45′ Three minutes stoppage time.

42′ SHOT!!!! The ball falls to Croatia’s Lovren in the French box but Paul Pogba blocks for a corner-kick.

40′ YELLOW CARD!!! France’s Lucas Hernandez goes int the book.

39′ CHANCE!!! Croatia nearly got back to the game but Rebic is unable to connect with a begging ball.

38′ GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL…Antoine Griezmann converts from the spot. France 2-1 Croatia.

34′ IT"S A PENALTY!!! The referee points to the spot and it’s a penalty for France.

33′ PENALTY CALL!!! France are calling for a penalty as Croatia player handles the ball in his own box and the referee is looking at VAR.

29′ GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL…..Ivan Perisic levels up for Croatia as he fires home Vidal’s knock down. France 1-1 Croatia.

27′ YELLOW CARD!!! France’s N’golo Kante is booked for a foul.

23′ CHANCE!!! Croatia’s Mandzukic find Rakitic in the opposition’s box but the Barcelona midfielder’s one time strike goes well wide of the post.

21. STATS!!! Mandzukic is the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup final.

20′ OVER!!! Croatia get their own free-kick on the right flank but Modric’s pull out is nodded over the bar.

18′ GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL….. France are ahead from an Own goal by Mario Mandzukic who nods home Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick. France 1-0 Croatia.

15′ CHANCE!!! Croatia’s Perisic gets space down the left and he has options in the box. However, he fails to pick out Mandzukic as Umtiti does brilliantly to get back to make the closing challenge.

5′ CROATIA!!! Croatia have made a bright start to the game and are applying pressure on France but the French team are solid at the back.

GAME ON…..

Croatia subs: Dominik Livakovic, Vedran Corluka, Mateo Kovacic, Andrej Kramaric, Lovre Kalinic, Tin Jedvaj, Filip Bradaric, Duje Caleta-Car, Milan Badelj, Marko Pjaca, Josip Pivaric.
 

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Danijel Subasic; Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic; Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic.
 

France subs: Prensel Kimpembe, Thomas Lemar, Ousmane Dembele, Corentin Tolisso, Steven N’Zonzi, Steve Mandanda, Adil Rami, Nabil Fekir, Djibril Sidibe, Florian Thauvin, Benjamin Mendy, Alphonse Areola.
 

FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi; Olivier Giroud.

It’s FIFA 2018 World Cup final and it’s France locking horns with Croatia for the biggest prize.

The potentially explosive match starts at 4:00pm.

Follow the Live Updates right here.
 

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