The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final took place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Twenty years after winning the first World Cup in its country’s history, France beat Croatia 4-2 to win football’s most prestigious prize for the second time. Croatia reached the final of the tournament for the first time this year.
In the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final, the host nation France won the match to claim the World Cup for the first time. Croatia, who made its debut on the World Cup stage, was the biggest black horse that year and won the third place after having been defeated by France in the semi-final.
The two teams met again at this summer’s World Cup. France went ahead on 18 minutes when Mario Mandzukic inadvertently headed home Antoine Griezmann's free-kick. It is the first own goal in the World Cup final.
Croatia equalized nine minutes later when Ivan Perisic lashed home with his left foot from inside the France box following a Sime Vrsaljko flick-on from Luka Modric’s free-kick on the right.
However, France was awarded a penalty on 33 minutes after a VAR review adjudged Perisic to have handled the ball. Griezmann scored their second goal from the penalty spot. This is the first VAR penalty in the World Cup final.
Paul Pogba extended France’s lead to make it 3-1 just before the hour mark. Kylian Mbappe added France’s fourth on 65 minutes with a long-range strike. But Croatia pulled one back 4 minutes later.
At the final whistle, France sealed a 4-2 victory to lift the trophy for the second time. It was the highest-scoring final in recent decades.