From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

France took a lead in the 18th minute after Mario Mandzukic scored an own goal while heading away a free kick from Antoine Griezmann. Croatia were livid - but Griezmann kept his cool, despite the long wait, to send the keeper the wrong way for a first goal in a World Cup final given on the intervention of VAR.

With just one scoreless draw in 64 games, Russia's World Cup has been far from tiresome.

With goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in excellent form behind the fast, astute central-defensive pairing of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti, France is not only hard to score against but also packed with speed and flair to strike at goal with defense-shredding attacks.

At an average age of 26 years and one month, France were the second-youngest squad to compete in Russian Federation after only Nigeria, and were led by a teenager in 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who was named Best Young Player of the tournament after scoring four goals. That was the highest percentage among any qualifying team in this year's World Cup.

Referee Nestor Pitana has been reprimanded by pundits for "two bad decisions" that drastically impacted the World Cup final.

Since the match will be used to do the final rankings for the 2018 World Cup, the two sets of players would have to strive for the third position and the highly coveted bronze medal at stake.

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Two and a half years ago, Kylian Mbappé could only dream about becoming a professional but tonight, the 19-year-old is a World Cup victor and has scored a goal in a World Cup final.

The World Cup final is on Monday, July 16 (AEST).

France has claimed the trophy against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup championship game.

Perhaps with one eye on the VAR system, players didn't break the rules so much, but they've certainly been bending them. France won five games and drew one.

"I never comment on the referee and I don't want to waste time on that". Swiss broadcaster RTS calculated Neymar spent almost 14 minutes on the ground in Brazil's first four games.

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