France wins 2018 World Cup

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Paul Pogba and other French footballers celebrating his goal in the 2018 FIFA Wpr;d Cup PHOTO:file

France have won the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the finals played in Russia.

A Mario Mandzukic’s own goal and a controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty either side of Ivan Perisic’s wonderful long-range strike gave France a 2-1 lead at the break.

Arguably, France was undeservedly ahead but by the hour Les Bleus had scored two further goals, through Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, to put France in command and the result in little doubt.

A dreadful error by captain Hugo Lloris allowed Mandzukic to reduce the deficit in the 69th minute and though Croatia went in search of more goals in the closing 20 minutes France, despite nerves creeping in, refused to fold.

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