France, Mbappé Close the World Cup Strong

France, Mbappé Close the World Cup Strong

France is the World Cup Champions for the next four years. The Final had a little bit of everything in soccer – a penalty goal, an own goal, a deflected goal, the newly added Video Assisted Review which led to the penalty, and a goalkeeping error by Lloris.

Antoine Griezmann lofts a free kick into a dangerous spot, roughly head high and close to the back post, where Mario Mandžukić deflects the ball off his head and past Subašić. Griezmann retakes France’s lead with a penalty given on a handball in the 38th after Ivan Perisic drove one past Lloris ten minutes earlier.

Paul Pogba rockets his first goal of the tournament to give France a short two-goal lead. Kylian Mbappé becomes the second teenager to score a goal in the World Cup final, only behind Pelé. Earlier in the tournament, Mbappeé tied Pelé’s record of being the only teenager to score two goals in a World Cup game.

Four minutes later, Lloris coughs up the ball just outside his six-yard box and Mandžukić redeems himself. Croatia still falls short, dropping the World Cup Final by a score of 4-2.

Leslie Reynolds

July 16th, 2018

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