France claims its second World Cup championship
SANTA MONICA — The World Cup left fans excited and seeking more as the ending held as much excitement and thrill as the beginning did a month ago. France and Croatia battled it out in the World Cup Final, but France came out the victor with a 4-2 victory over Croatia Sunday Morning in Russia.
When you’re on, you’re on, and France was indeed on Sunday morning. Les Bleus went 6 for 7 in shots on goal on the night. While they didn’t take a lot of shots, the ones they did won them the game as they scored on four of the six attempts, scoring 66 percent of the time. France’s first goal came off a misplayed header by Croatia’s Mario Mandžukić for an own goal. The French however claimed the next three on their own.
Antoine Griezmann tapped in a penalty kick in the 38th minute after Croatia accidentally handled the ball in the box. France came out of the half, playing even stronger than before. zin the 59th minute of play, Paul Pogba rebounded his own shot and booted it a second time from the top of the 18 to extend France’s lead 4-1. Teammate Kylian Mbappé repeated the process six minutes later for a 4-1 lead causing france to become the first team to score four goals in a World Cup final since 1970.
While France clearly dominated the night with its precision and patience, Croatia couldn’t have appeared more off on the night. Croatia keeper Danijel Subašić appeared asleep in his box all night as France advanced. The Croatian Keeper managed to save two of France’s six shots on goal on the night while he watched the other four roll in, never putting even a finger remotely close to the shots. On offense, Croatia went 4 for 14 on goal while controlling 66 percent of the game and recorded 6 corners.
France took home the World Cup trophy for the second time in the country’s history, having previously won in 1998.