France crowned World Champions after 20 years, Croatia’s Luka Modric wins Golden Ball

France on July 15, 2018, clinched their second FIFA World Cup title, beating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring final since 1996. The win comes for France, 20 years after they claimed their first FIFA title- in 1998. The 2018 final, which went underway at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, saw France lead by 2-1 at halftime with one own goal and a penalty shot.

Key Highlights:-

1. The own-goal came off the top of Mario Mandzukic’s head in the 18th minute.
2. Croatia rallied to equalize the score with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic in the 28th minute.
3. Despite falling behind, Croatia kept their fighting spirit on and Mario Mandzukic pulled off an intelligent goal for the team in the 69th minute.
4. In the second half, France made its lead even stronger with goals coming through Paul Pogba in the 59th minute and Kylian Mbappe in the 65th minute, taking the scorecard to 4-1.
5. However, Antoine Griezmann’s penalty shot, after Ivan Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area, gave France the lead once again.

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