Les Bleus do it again! They join an elite list of champions, having won twice – Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, and Uruguay are the only other nations to have claimed football’s ultimate prize multiple times.
This has been an historic and exciting World Cup Final, with VAR making an impact and giving France a penalty call and breaking Croatian hearts. The scoreline belies a game that was in favor of Croatia before a fantastic set piece by Antoine Griezmann received a lucky deflection off of Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić. Captain Luka Modrić did all he could once his team went behind, orchestrating a feisty and determined Croatian side. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough, and most experts would agree that the side that was stronger on paper showed their quality on the pitch. Still, the Croatians showed their character, quality, and resilience throughout every single game despite falling to France. They go home without the trophy, but as heroes nonetheless.
Griezmann, Pogba, and Mbappe scored to bring France to the finish line. Rising star Mbappe wasn’t even alive the last time France won! He joins Pelé as the only teenagers to score in the World Cup final. Having this kind of prodigious talent on hand will make France the team to beat in the years to come.