No surprises from France or Croatia

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Antoine Griezmann has been involved in 5 goals at the 2018 World Cup (3 goals, 2 assists), no French player has done better in a single tournament over the last 50 years.

France manager Didier Deschamps has his country on the brink of a second World Cup title, and the 49-year-old will also have fond memories of the first one Les Bleus won.

Fans all over the world gathered to watch the final match of the month-long competition.

Whilst they saw off England 2-1 in the semi with an extra-time goal by Mario Mandzukic, their previous two knockout games (Russia, Denmark) both ended in penalty shootout wins.

Despite failing to add to his tally of six goals in the third-place play-off defeat to Belgium, captain Harry Kane is in a strong position to be awarded the top scorer's Golden Boot.

In this composite image a comparison has been made between Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba of France and Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic of Croatia.

Vatreni will be out for revenge from their final four defeat against Les Bleus back in 1998, with the then debutants denied a place in a maiden Final by Lilian Thuram's only worldwide goals.

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But the only statistic France will really care about is that the result makes them world champions for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

Griezmann stepped up to convert, and at 2-1 up at halftime, France were not going to be stopped.

Mbappe became the first teenager after Pele in 1958 to score in a final as his right-footed drive from the left-hand of the box beat Subasic at the right bottom corner in the 65th minute. After Horacio Elizondo in 2006, he becomes the second Argentinian referee to officiate a World Cup Final.

After withstanding some early Croatian pressure, France struck the first blow when Griezmann's swinging free kick from the right hand side was glanced into the net by Mandzukic on 18 minutes. "We are far from thinking on our side that we have already reached the goal". Since that historic day, no United player has lifted the trophy while playing for the club.

Croatia has done the same this year, needing penalty kicks to beat Denmark and host Russian Federation before defeating England in extra time in the semifinals.

"To be honest with you, we are in our bubble", said goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris.

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