France Beat Croatia To Win The 2018 World Cup

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France have triumphed at the 2018 World Cup beating off stiff competition from Croatia.

The game was a nail-biter, with both sides keen to gobble up the glory of winning the most prestigious trophy in international football.

Unfortunately for Croatia the French team had more gas in their tanks and managed to pull ahead winning the game comfortably 4-2.

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It was a tense game, full of drama and goals, as both sides battled to get their hands on the World Cup trophy. France drew first blood, managing to score on the 22nd minute mark thanks to an own goal from Mario Mandzukic.

Croatia didn’t take it lying down though and managed to equalise just six minutes later when Ivan Perisic smashed the ball past Hugo Lloris with a powerful left-footed strike.

The French were far from beaten though and a late first-half penalty from Antoine Griezmann gave the French side the opportunity they needed to take lead once again.

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The second half began with Croatia a goal behind but, despite their best efforts, they were unable to stop Paul Pogba from scoring in the 59th minute.

As the game went on, Marcelo Brozovic managed to intercept a shot from Olivier Giroud, but Kylian Mbappe scored just a few minutes later, taking France three goals up.

Croatia proved they were far from done though and interrupted what could have easily become a victory lap for France, when Mario Mandzukic managed to pull one back, after some poor goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris.

Fans on both sides have been commiserating and celebrating the game’s events:

The game was also interrupted just as the second half began, when multiple people invaded the pitch. Before play could be disrupted too much they were escorted off by security officials.

Pussy Riot, a Russian punk rock group, have since claimed responsibility for the invasion.

They wrote on Facebook:

NEWS FLASH! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — policeman enters the game [sic]

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Both France and Croatia have had an interesting journey to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The French side topped their group, despite a weird 0-0 draw with Denmark, and were the first team to reach the 2018 final after defeating Belgium in the semifinals to reach their first final since 2006.

Croatia also topped their group and managed to come from behind in the semi’s to beat England in extra time, guaranteeing them a spot in their first ever World Cup final.

For now, though the World Cup is over so it’s time to take off the St George’s Cross flag you’ve been wearing as a cape, put away your vintage England shirt and stop day drinking.

It’s over. Football is over. Or at least it is until August 1o when the Premier League starts again!

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