FIFA World Cup 2018 final Live Score, France vs Croatia final Live Streaming: Jules Rimet is going home as Les Bleus are crowned champions of world

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France vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018 final Live Score: Croatia kicked off the FIFA World Cup 2018 final against France at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

FIFA World Cup 2018 LIVE: Jules Rimet is going home.

France vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2018 final Live Score: Croatia kicked off the FIFA World Cup 2018 final against France at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. Both the teams have played an unchanged playing eleven from the semi-final. The oddsmakers have favoured Les Bleus in the game. France is considered 45 per cent likely to win the game in regulation, with Croatia at only 23 per cent (the other 32 per cent of the time the game will go into overtime). As for the ultimate winner, it’s 65-35 for France.

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France are the 1998 world champions and 2006 runner-ups while Croatia are playing their first World Cup final. France are likely to field an unchanged starting XI, with Blaise Matuidi expected to be fit despite going off injured against Belgium.

 

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  • 22:17 (IST)

    Kylian Mbappe better than Ronaldo and Messi at the age of 19

    Total goals at the age of 19 years and six months.

    Lionel Messi: 14

    Cristiano Ronaldo: 13

    Mbappe: 56

  • 21:50 (IST)

    59’ GOAL! France!

    Paul Pogba makes it 3-1.Kylian Mbappé did a lot of the work there on the right, dragging Strinic down deep after getting in behind. He cut the ball back to Griezmann near the spot, but he couldn’t control it. He juggled once and laid it off for Pogba.His first shot was blocked, but no one reacted to the rebound when it lay there invitingly, and he stepped up and buried the second chance. 

  • 21:11 (IST)

    38’ GRIEZMANN SCORES! France Leads, 2-1

    Antoine Griezmann calmly rolls it left as Subasic dives to his own left. No one home, and France is back in front.

  • 21:10 (IST)

    37’: It’s a Penalty!

    Great chance for France! Pitana took a looooong look and saw what we all saw: a handball. And he’s decided that’s a penalty. This will be a massive talking point, given that it felt as if it could have gone either way. But V.A.R. was designed for just these kinds of moments. It goes without saying that’s the first-ever test in a World Cup final. But will it DECIDE a World Cup final?

  • 21:08 (IST)

    34’: Corner for France ... Handball? V.A.R.

    Antoine Griezmann’s corner comes to Matuidi in the area, and his header goes wide of the near post. The French are screaming for a handball on Perisic, and this is a really big test for V.A.R. Big moment: on replay, that looked as if it could be a handball. But it hit him, and he was in a natural position. But we’ll see.....

  • 21:00 (IST)

    28’ CROATIA SCORES! We’re even!

    Ivan Perisic gets the final shot after a series of headers brings a Modric free-kick to him in the area.

  • 20:55 (IST)

    18’: GOAL! FRANCE LEADS!

    A foul gave Griezmann a free kick about 30 yards or so out on the left, and he fires in a ball that Mandukic heads over Subasic into his own net.

  • 19:12 (IST)

    Playing XI for Croatia

    Croatia is playing their first World Cup today against France. It will be a big challenge for Croatia to win against France who has already defeated Croatia 20 years ago in semifinals. They have to play with their full strength.

    The Croatian team after a terrific win against England remains unchanged.

    Croatia XI- Subasic (Gk), Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic.

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Starting XI for France

    The young talented France team is ready to face Croatia in today's World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium.

    Didier Deschamps has decided not to change the starting XI. The playing XI remains the same as it was in Semi Final.

    France XI- Lloris (Gk), Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Arrival of the trophy

    France will lock horns with Croatia in FIFA World Cup finals today at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. But before the match, the trophy for which they will be fighting has arrived at Luzhniki Stadium. The teams will be fighting to be the World Champions in today's finals.

22:38 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
FULL TIME: FRANCE WINS!

France has won its second World Cup and first away from home!

Standouts for France in its victory: Paul Pogba advanced the ball 153 meters in the game (and got a goal too). Benjamin Pavard had 11 clearances, many when Croatia was looking very threatening.

22:19 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
84’: Pogba Stays Down

Pogba down in a heap after that free kick, and Croatia’s fans are absolutely certain he’s milking time off the clock. They may not be wrong; France has done a ton of this in ushering out other teams.

22:17 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Kylian Mbappe better than Ronaldo and Messi at the age of 19

Total goals at the age of 19 years and six months.

Lionel Messi: 14

Cristiano Ronaldo: 13

Mbappe: 56

22:13 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
83’: Free Kick for Croatia

Croatia tries to quick-play a free kick after a Pogba foul, but Nestor Pitana wasn’t ready so he calls it back. The Croatians are decidedly unhappy with his decision, and the cross is too deep — and wasted.

21:59 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
70’ GOAL! Lloris Gives One Back

Disaster for France, but mostly for Lloris: lazily trying to touch the ball around a pressing Mandzukic, he instead plays it right off the forward’s foot and right back past him into his net.

21:57 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
65’: GOAL! FRANCE AGAIN!

Kylian Mbappé this time, and it’s getting away at 4-1. Hernandez did a good job getting him a ball at the top of the penalty area and, using Vida as a screen, he pulls a shot left and past Subasic, who is left no chance.

21:50 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
59’ GOAL! France!

Paul Pogba makes it 3-1.Kylian Mbappé did a lot of the work there on the right, dragging Strinic down deep after getting in behind. He cut the ball back to Griezmann near the spot, but he couldn’t control it. He juggled once and laid it off for Pogba.His first shot was blocked, but no one reacted to the rebound when it lay there invitingly, and he stepped up and buried the second chance. 

21:45 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
52’: Fans on the Field

Disturbance on the field as four people run onto the field from the Croatia end. They’re dressed in what looked like suits and hats, and somehow slipped through a ring of security guards. A couple got all the way to midfield, which is really not good. But Russian security drags/carries them off the field. Their day may be about to get a lot less comfortable.

21:42 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
50’: Corner for Croatia

Cleared out to Vrsaljko, he takes a whack from 30 yards, but it sails well to the left of Lloris’s goal.

21:39 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
49’: Croatia Threatens Again!

More danger: A long lead ball over Varane sends in Mandzukic, but Lloris reads it well and races out to chest the free ball just outside his area. He hasn’t wandered much in the tournament, but he really needed to there.

21:39 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
21:36 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
About that V.A.R. Decision

LOTS of discussion of Nestor Pitana’s use of V.A.R. at halftime, and most agree that it wasn’t the best example of what the technology has brought to the game. It’s not supposed to be a tool to review calls that could have gone the other way; it’s there to correct obvious errors. Not sure that was one.

21:35 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
The Numbers

Individual standouts include Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic of Croatia with five crosses each. The main man on the ball has been Marcelo Brozovic, with 40 passes (no French player has more than 17). Domagoj Vida has five clearances.

A Frenchman does lead in one category, the always fun “possession advanced,” which reveals which players move the ball forward the most. Kylian Mbappe has credit for 63 meters.

21:34 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Croatia Knows How to Come Back

Croatia had the better of the play, and Perisic’s goal seemed to revive them after the stunned moment that followed Mandzukic’s own goal. But they’ll be fuming about the referee Nestor Pitana, and need to be wary of making the second half one of frustration over regrets. They’ve come back before — several times — including against England. It wouldn’t seem right if they didn’t have to do it again. The question is: can they come back if France starts to settle in and tighten the screws on defense, just throttling the life out of the final.

21:33 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
First half stats
21:20 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
45’ +1: Weather Update

Thunder and lightning visible now at Luzhniki stadium. The Croatian soccer gods are not happy.

21:17 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
45’: Three More Minutes

Three minutes of added time, mostly for the V.A.R. decision, the length of which was also a signal it wasn’t a clear and obvious error.

21:15 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
21:15 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
39’: Let the Second-Guessing Begin

It will be verrrrrrry interesting how that is perceived today and tomorrow and next week. It seemed more a second look on a judgment call than the reversal of a clear and obvious error. But I guess clear and obvious errors look different to French citizens and Croatian ones right now.

21:11 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
38’ GRIEZMANN SCORES! France Leads, 2-1

Antoine Griezmann calmly rolls it left as Subasic dives to his own left. No one home, and France is back in front.

21:10 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
37’: It’s a Penalty!

Great chance for France! Pitana took a looooong look and saw what we all saw: a handball. And he’s decided that’s a penalty. This will be a massive talking point, given that it felt as if it could have gone either way. But V.A.R. was designed for just these kinds of moments. It goes without saying that’s the first-ever test in a World Cup final. But will it DECIDE a World Cup final?

21:08 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
34’: Corner for France ... Handball? V.A.R.

Antoine Griezmann’s corner comes to Matuidi in the area, and his header goes wide of the near post. The French are screaming for a handball on Perisic, and this is a really big test for V.A.R. Big moment: on replay, that looked as if it could be a handball. But it hit him, and he was in a natural position. But we’ll see.....

21:00 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
28’ CROATIA SCORES! We’re even!

Ivan Perisic gets the final shot after a series of headers brings a Modric free-kick to him in the area.

20:55 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
France On Its Heels

A dozen minutes in and Mbappé’s only touch has been on defense. Griezmann may not have touched it at all yet.

20:55 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
18’: GOAL! FRANCE LEADS!

A foul gave Griezmann a free kick about 30 yards or so out on the left, and he fires in a ball that Mandukic heads over Subasic into his own net.

20:55 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
3’: Varane Shuts It Down

Perisic probing down the left is the first real test for France, but Varane, so smooth, slides over and shuts it all down.

20:54 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
France vs Croatia: Playing XI
20:53 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
20:53 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
France vs. Croatia: The Odds

The oddsmakers clearly favour France in this game. France is considered 45 per cent likely to win the game in regulation, with Croatia at only 23 per cent (the other 32 per cent of the time the game will go into overtime). As for the ultimate winner, it’s 65-35 for France.

20:53 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Who Is Zlatko Dalic?

It is a fair assumption that few world soccer fans could have picked Croatia’s manager, Zlatko Dalic, out of a lineup before the tournament. Though he had a long professional career as a defensive midfielder, mostly with the Croatian clubs Varteks and Hadjuk Split, his coaching career was unremarkable. His three previous posts before taking the Croatia job were with two Saudi clubs and another in the United Arab Emirates.

But when Croatia fired the coach who had led it through most of qualifying, Ante Cacic, after a string of poor results imperil the team’s chances of qualifying for Russia, Dalic was tasked with leading the team over the line. He has guided it with a light touch here, making few lineup changes and acknowledging that he has deferred to his players. (Asked why he had not subbed in the 90 minutes against England in a grueling semifinal, despite his players’ coming off consecutive extra time games, Dalic admitted, “I wanted to substitute, but nobody wanted to be subbed.”)

20:26 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Usain Bolt in the stadium

After the brilliant performance of the trio Era Istrefi along with Will Smith and Nicky Jam, Usain Bolt marked his presence in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow for the World Cup Final.

 

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19:12 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Playing XI for Croatia

Croatia is playing their first World Cup today against France. It will be a big challenge for Croatia to win against France who has already defeated Croatia 20 years ago in semifinals. They have to play with their full strength.

The Croatian team after a terrific win against England remains unchanged.

Croatia XI- Subasic (Gk), Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Rebic, Modric, Perisic, Mandzukic.

19:05 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Starting XI for France

The young talented France team is ready to face Croatia in today's World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium.

Didier Deschamps has decided not to change the starting XI. The playing XI remains the same as it was in Semi Final.

France XI- Lloris (Gk), Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe

18:39 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Croatia vs France: Previous clashes

Croatia and France have met 5 times on different platforms. History of the clashes support France more. Out of 5 matches, 3 have been won by France and 2 were drawn. Croatia has to come physically strong to play against France and win their first world cup. 9 goals have been scored by France in 5 meetings while only 3 goals were conceded by Croatia.

18:14 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Arrival of the trophy

France will lock horns with Croatia in FIFA World Cup finals today at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. But before the match, the trophy for which they will be fighting has arrived at Luzhniki Stadium. The teams will be fighting to be the World Champions in today's finals.

17:46 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Paul Pogba before the Final

FIFA World Cup 2018 final is crucial and the most important match for both the teams. No team would want to lose after coming this close to winning the trophy. According to Pogba, they have not faced their biggest challenge yet and they just want to make their fans happy and proud and that can be done only by winning this final.

Croatia is a very strong team with their strong defending side as their plus point.

17:17 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Modric before the final

Luka Modric thinks of Croatia's winning to be a dream come true. He cannot believe that they have reached the finals of the World Cup. Croatia is enjoying their best FIFA world cup after 20 years. For Modric, winning the world cup is just unthinkable.

"To win the World Cup almost unthinkable, like a beautiful fairy tale!"

Modric enjoyed being the part of this edition of the World Cup but he has some bigger dreams.

"To be at this World Cup is a great privilege. Playing for my team is a great honour and a pleasure, but to win the World Cup with Croatia is almost unthinkable, like the most beautiful fairy tale! It would be incredible to lift the trophy as captain."

17:01 (IST) 15 Jul 2018
Fight between two best keeper

The most popular and exciting tournament is finally coming to an end with two teams remaining to fight against each other. It's not just fight between two nations, but also a fight between the keepers. Hugo Lloris, the French keeper has been a crucial player of the team. His saves had saved the team from an early exit from the tournament. His saves have proved crucial in securing the team vital results in matches against Peru, Uruguay and Belgium.

While Subasic Danijel, Croatian goalkeeper, has been the penalty shootout specialist. His saves in the quarterfinals against Russia in penalties were outstanding. Subasic saves made it possible for Croatia to reach the final.

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