Jubilant celebrations have erupted across France after becoming FIFA World Cup Champions!
France took on Croatia in a much-anticipated World Cup final that saw a goal for each side in the first 30 minutes of play and an eventual 4-2 win for Les Bleus.
France was pinned back for a majority of the first half, with Croatia dominating possession and shot total. It appeared as though Croatia was going to lead the game before long.
France opened the scoring with a free kick that was deflected into the goal off the forehead of Mario Mandzukic for an own goal. They then regained the lead, after Croatia tied it up, off of a penalty. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe then stepped up to double, then triple, the lead, respectively to solidify the victory for Les Bleus.
And history is made!
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) July 15, 2018
Croatia, for their part, played with heart and passion of champions, just without the result. Their attacking form and chance creation was a beautiful sight to see for the 90 minutes of the match — even after the three long 120-minute matches that brought them here.