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France crowned FIFA World Cup Champions

Macquarie National News

France has won the FIFA World Cup, downing Croatia 4-2 in the final in Russia.

The game is being hailed as one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades.

It had everything; spectacular goals, controversial decisions, the VAR, pitch invaders, own-goals and more.

Les Bleus opened the scoring thanks to an early Mario Mandzukic own-goal.

The Croats levelled just 10 minutes later thanks to a stunning Ivan Perisic strike.

Then controversy struck, with France awarded a penalty via the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review. Striker Antoine Griezmann had no troubles burying it to take the lead.

His superstar teammates Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe added to the scoresheet, taking the French out to a seemingly unassailable 4 – 1 lead.

Nobody told French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris though, who gave Croatia a glimmer of hope, with an absolute howler handing Marion Mandzukic an easy goal.

That’s where the scoring ended though. The 4-2 scoreline is the highest since 1966.

It’s France’s second World Cup victory after they beat Brazil on home soil in 1998 edition of the tournament.

Tournament awards:

  • Golden Ball (best player): Luca Modric – Croatia
  • Golden Boot (most goals): Harry Kane – England
  • Golden Glove (best goalkeeper): Thibaut Courtois – Belgium
  • Young Player Award: Kylian Mbappe – France
  • Fair Play Trophy: Spain
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