France defeats Croatia in World Cup final

France's Antoine Griezmann scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 World Cup in in Moscow on Sunday

In a World Cup that has highlighted the benefits and problems that are associated with the use of VAR, the World Cup final is in danger of being overshadowed by a controversial decision to award France a penalty in Moscow.

France had a little luck before showing their class as they claimed a second World Cup title on Sunday, 4-2 over courageous but tiring Croatia.

"Tradition is there to be demolished", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said Saturday. But perhaps feeling complacent after beating Germany in the semi-finals, France flopped. We think the truth lies somewhere
in-between the two.

Lloris was the goalkeeper in that 1-0 loss in Paris, facing a Portugal team that had reached the final after some extra-time victories.

While France saw off Argentina, Uruguay, and Belgium, Croatia had to beat Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties before beating England in extra-time.

Another factor in France's favor is rest.

France were accused of being overconfident in the 2016 final, having beaten world champions Germany in the semi-final, but Deschamps insisted: "There is no euphoria here". Kante is about more than simply snuffing out danger in front of the France backline, he can move well with the ball, is key to the side's counterattacks and can score from distance.

"A lot of things have changed", Lloris said.

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Griezmann came into the tournament as one of the favorites for the golden boot, but so far has only scored three times.

They were the World Cup's most united team. That's all behind them.

"We'll just go and pray for the team", she said.

"But tomorrow we will be coming up against opponents of great quality". We can't be more joyous and proud when we see what joy we have brought to the country.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 is officially ending tonight with the final match to be played between France and Croatia. There will also be a live stream available on FOX Sports' website. Lucas Hernandez tore down the left to set up Mbappe who drilled a low shot beyond keeper Danijel Subasic for the 19-year-old's fourth goal of the tournament.

Luka Modric has arguably been the finest midfielder in the world cup at the moment. Both have enjoyed excellent tournaments.

For Croatia, it's the Toronto area, which as many as 10,000 people whose first language is Croatian call home.

One wrote: "Croatia are the better side". He has impressed both on the ball and as a leader. Les Bleus were level at 2-2 with the Albiceleste, but a clutch brace from Kylian Mbappe saw them secure the win before a consolation strike from Sergio Aguero.

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