World Cup Final: Croatia battles France for top prize — LIVE UPDATES

France vs Croatia
France vs Croatia

Croatia are looking to lift the FIFA World Cup for the first time. They are taking on powerhouse France in Moscow in the final of the 2018 Mundial.

After 63 matches, the World Cup final is here, and not many would have predicted rightly that it would be this two teams that would compete this time for football’s most coveted silverware.
Croatia, since beating Nigeria in their opening group game, have grown from strength to strength.

The French team have also remained formidable, dispatching all their previous opponents here in Russia.

An explosive tie is expected as we look forward to who succeeds Germany as the next world champion.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for live updates of this encounter.

Kick off is 4.pm


The stage is set in Moscow for the 2018 World cup final


The activities of the closing ceremony now over and the two teams set to find their way to the pitch


The National anthems already rendered and we are set for action


Free kick to France as Modric brings down Umtiti


Perisic wins the ball and runs into the France box but lose out


Croatia look more threatening in the early exchanges


Croatia win a corner kick


Giroud helps with a clearance but Croatia continue to press in this early stages


Chance.. Perisic brings the ball down in France box but rolls out of play



France have been behind for only nine minutes and 12 seconds at this World Cup, with that short period coming during the last-16 clash with Argentina when they quickly responded, and then soon regained their lead en route to the 4-3 victory


Free kick for France after Griezmann was brought down at the edge of the penalty box


GOAL


Wonderful Goal. For France


Mario Mandzucki with an own goal


This is the first ever in a world cup final


Mario Manduzic has scored the 12th own goal of the tournament after he put his on Griezmann’s freekick


The trend continues for Croatia.. they are in the backfoot again.. that has been the case all through the knock out phase


Freekick to Croatia with Modric standing over the ball but Vida heads it over the bar


The trend continues for Croatia.. they are in the backfoot again.. that has been the case all through the knock out phase


Since 1974.. only Italy have come from behind to win a World cup final


Croatia has to come from behind to win this final as Italy did at the expense of France in 2006


Great save from Lloris from Modric free kick


Another Free kick to Croatia. First yellow card of the final goven to Kante


Croatia GOAL through Perisic


France have to go and do it all again if they hope to add more trophies to their cabinet


Corner kick to France. Perisic handles the ball in the area and France through penalty were allowed back in the lead


FReekick to Croatia. Perisic won it, but kicked away by Pogba


Corner to Croatia but cleared by Giroud. tense few minutes it has been


Umtiti is down injured


Another corner to Croatia.


Three minutes additional time. great relief for the French after corner is played out


For many, Croatia making it this far has been described as a sporting miracle already, and should they manage to beat France and lift the trophy then it could well go down alongside Greece winning the Euros in 2004 and Leicester City winning the Premier League as one of the great sporting stories


End of first half. France took the lead in the 18th minute through own goal, Croatia levelled 10 minutes later through a stunning Perisic strike but he was the villian as his handling of the ball in the penalty area handed France the lead again. France 2-1 Croatia in the World Cup final


kick off second half


Chance Croatia


Corner kick to croatia


Maria Manduzkic forays forward blocked


Corner to Croatia but Vlsarko shoots wide


Croatia are the lowest-ranked team to have made it to the World Cup final, sitting as they do 20th in the FIFA rankings, so it is important to remember that they are massive underdogs to have made it this far.


Game has been stopped. Some intruders have made it onto the pitch


Substitution France Nzonzi comes on for Kante


Kante before now has played all minutes for France at this Worldcup


Perisic does well to whip in a cross but France make the clearance


GOAL!!!! POGBA


First shot blocked.. second shot straight into the net… France 3-1 Croatia


Desperate defending from Croatia as France look to extend their lead


Croatia coach Zarko Dalic looking confused now


France want a free kick but ref says play on


Goal.. Mbappe


4-1 Mbappe Scores


Long range effort by the youngster goes in and it’s France 4-1


His is the first teenage World Cup goal since Pele. Hernandez did his best to keep the ball and Mbappe low strike makes it four. Mbappe is the third teenage to start in a World Cup final


This gets stranger and stranger.

Another goal to CRoatia


Lloris in moment of madness hands the ball to Manduzkic who redeems himself


Manduzkic down after a clash of heads with Umtiti


Substitution France, Tolisso comes on for Matuidi


Rakitic shot at goal was well out wide. These Croatians are not done yet


They have got 14 shots to France’s seven


Substitution France Fekir comes on for Giroud. this has been a goalless world Cup for the Chelsea man


Substitution Croatia, Strinic comes for Pjaca


Free Kick by Croatia, caught comfortably by Lloris


Free kick to France


Fekir’s effort at goal caught by Subasic


Rakitic effort from range goes well off the crossbar


Free Kick to France


Five minutes additional time


So after 20 years… France are looking good to lift the world cup trophy again


Yellow card to Vrsarlko


Free kick to France


France coach Didier Deschamps has joined the very exclusive list ofindividuals to win the Worldcup as a player and coach


And France are World Champions


















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