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The FIFA World Cup 2018 Recap

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The momentous triumph of France over Croatia in the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup is highly considered a clear testament to France’s dominance in the sporting world. The Kylian Mbappe-led national team defeated Croatia with a score of 4-2 in the finals of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

Here are some of the aspects of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that made a mark in the football community.

Les Bleus have claimed their second title

It was in the 1998 FIFA World Cup that France won the tournament for the first time. They are also the host nation of the 1998 edition of the event, where they have beaten fan-favorite Brazil with a score of 3-0.

During the finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Croatia initially took the lead during the first rounds. France managed to gain an upper hand but eventually lost control when Antoine Griezmann was pinned down by Marcelo Brozovic. 

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France eventually gained their confidence after the 18th minute. In the end, France went victorious and claimed their second World Cup championship title.

The worldcup22 saw great hope for Team France to add another shining World Cup title under their belt.

First own goal during a final in World Cup history

The 2018 World Cup had a lot of firsts such as the first VAR-assisted goal but the most recognizable first is the first own goal during the finals of the tournament. Even though Croatia is taking the lead during the first half of the game, a sudden mistake led to a goal in France’s favor.

Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic stepped the line and made a mistake during the 18th minute. He shot the ball into their post rendering France with an accidental score and became the first own goal during the finals in the history of the World Cup.

Mbappe beats Pele’s record

Croatia has surpassed every match in the knockout stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. While they performed well during these stages, they failed to gain their composure during the finals of the event. 

France eventually took over the final match and we thanked superstar Kylian Mbappe for that. The young forward of the Paris Saint-Germain helped them score 4-1 when he shot from the box within the 65 minutes of the match. 

Kylian Mbappe at world cup 2018

As a result, Kylian Mbappe eventually became the first ever teenage player that scored during the finals since Brazilian legend Pele did the same thing when he was still the same age as Mbappe. The French superstar eventually set the record for being the second youngest athlete to score in a final match in a World Cup ever.

You can watch the young football superstar again in the world cup 2022 free livestream and support the national football team of France.

France defeated Croatia in a decisive win

After the sudden own goal that Mario Mandzukic did during the first half, the table turned when France’s Hugo Lloris also made an error. Meanwhile, Mandzukic benefited from the mistake when he was recorded as the second player in the history of the World Cup that scored his own goal. The first player that achieved such a feat was in 1978 when Ernie Brandts scored his own goal for the Netherlands.

Mario Mandzukic at world cup 2018

Croatia eventually caved in during the rest of the match and conceded to the dominance of the Mbappe-led football team. Meanwhile, Mbappe took the opportunity and claimed the ball and shot it 25 yards to the Croatian post. France eventually defeated Croatia with a 4-2 finish and was hailed as the overall champion of the 2018 World Cup.


France is the most prolific national football team right now when it comes to the world rankings. While Kylian Mbappe is the most important player on the team, the squad is more than meets the eye as every position in the team is manned by the best European players. 

France is not the only team you can watch out for in the 2022 World Cup. You can look for other teams in the world cup 2022 fixtures singapore time and start betting on the match of your choice.