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France and Croatia went head-to-head on Sunday in Moscow to compete for the 2018 World Cup championship. France won 4-2, walking away from the Luzhniki Stadium with the nation's second World Cup trophy.
The first goal of the match was Croatia’s own goal during a free kick. Croatia came back and tied the game, before France racked up three more goals. France’s final goal was scored by 19-year-old rising star Kylian Mbappé, which put his squad up by three. Though all hope seemed lost, Croatia managed to score one more goal off the carelessness of France's goalkeeper, making the final score at 4-2. That would be the tournament's final goal.
Mbappé is the first teen to score during a World Cup final since 1958.
This is also the first time since 1958 that six goals were scored during regular time of a World Cup Final, per FIFA.
Croatia went into the World Cup final undefeated (6-0), while France won five games and tied one game against Denmark. France won their first World Cup championship 20 years ago in 1998. That same year, Croatia came out in third place. Since 1998, Croatia has never placed past the group stage.
France came in as the favorite while others rooted for the Croatian underdogs, who have never made it to the finals in their 20-year history as a national team.
Fans all over the world gathered to watch the final match of the month-long competition. The game took place one day after France’s national holiday Bastille Day July 14, topping off an already celebratory weekend in Paris and other cities across the country.
Congrats to France! The 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar.