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He has displayed his best qualities at this World Cup, despite playing in a midfield duo alongside N'Golo Kanté, dispelling the myth that he has to play ina midfield trio in order to excell.

While this is Croatia's first trip to a World Cup final, France won the tournament exactly 20 years ago. A corner from the right by Griezmann bounced up into Perisic's hand and after initially giving a goal kick, Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana reversed that decision and awarded a penalty - duly converted by Griezmann - after consulting the VAR system.

Les Blues will undoubtedly be looking to Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to get the goals, with both players registering three goals each. "The crowd absolutely erupted as soon as the final whistle sounded, all 80,000 of those packed in the fan zone".

"I never comment on referees, but let me say one thing: in a World Cup final you don't give such a penalty, but it in no way diminished France's win".

Deschamps becomes just the third man to win the trophy as a player and a coach, following in the footsteps of Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer.

Griezmann stepped up to convert, and at 2-1 up at halftime, France were not going to be stopped. The likes of Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane are all still young so this French team could dominate world football for years to come.

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The last teenager to score in a World Cup final was Pele, who scored two when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958. Croatia, making their first appearance in a World Cup final, are the 13th national team to reach the title game.

After easily qualifying through Group D, including a 3-0 demolition of Argentina, Croatia's path to the final has been much more fraught.

Lloris has been prone to mistakes on occasion, and he'd had a solid World Cup until gifting Mandzukic Croatia's second goal.

It's the first ever final for the Croatians, while France is there for the third time and goes into the match as the betting favourite.

Pitana, a 43-year-old physical education teacher, has already refereed four matches at Russian Federation 2018, taking charge of Russian Federation v Saudi Arabia (Opening Game) and Mexico v Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, as well as the quarter-final between Uruguay and France.

There were wild scenes on the streets of Paris following France's World Cup victory. And we scored four goals anyway. "We played well but the penalty knocked the wind out of us and after that it was very hard". We can be proud of ourselves.


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