Glory and despair await France and Croatia

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Once the World Cup was over, the heavens opened up and it appeared organisers had only brought out one umbrella for officials, and guess who got that?

But it was then Perisic's turn go from hero to zero when he flapped an arm at a corner and, after a VAR review, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana awarded the 28th penalty of the tournament, another record, which Griezmann stroked home in the 38th minute for his fourth goal of Russian Federation 2018.

With an average age of 26, France had the second youngest team in the tournament, and their golden generation featuring Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are set to return home as heroes.

In sight of their slow start, France drew first blood with their first attack after Mario Mandzukic's known for his goal-scoring prowess headed an Antoine Griezmann free-kick into his own net on 18 minutes. "The crowd absolutely erupted as soon as the final whistle sounded, all 80,000 of those packed in the fan zone".

Didier Deschamps could become only the third man in the history of the World Cup - after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer - to lift the trophy as a player and coach.

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Matuidi will play on the left of the midfield, tracking back while Griezmann stays forward, in a system that can fluently switch between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, with Mbappé on the right wing.

Pogba became the first English Premier League player to score in a World Cup final since his compatriot, Arsenal's Emmanuel Petit, scored France's third goal against Brazil in the 1998 Final.

France made their first change as an out-of-sorts N'Golo Kante was replaced by Steven N'Zonzi and it wasn't long before they had a comfortable lead. That would be the tournament's final goal. The finale was a six-goal affair - complete with an own goal, a controversial penalty and a freak goalie error - the highest during regulation time in a World Cup final since the 5-2 scoreline in 1958. "We can not wait to lift the Cup and bring it back to France".

The last Final not decided after extra time or penalties was 16 years ago, back in 2002 with each of the last two World Cup finals finishing 1-0 after a goal in extra time. "I think what we have accomplished will be remembered forever and we can be proud of ourselves". "We dominated and then the penalty was given".

"Today we did not do everything right but have those mental and psychological qualities which were decisive - and we did score four goals".

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