Making History At The 2018 World Cup Finals

Photo Cred: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Photo Credit: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The 2018 FIFA World Cup held it’s final match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia on Sunday, July 15, 2018 with France taking the win with a final score 4-2.

The 21st Final was the second World Cup title for France. The first win for France was in 1998 when Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps was the team captain. Sunday’s win makes Didier one of three men to win the World Cup as a player and a coach.

Croatia’s appearance in the World Cup Final was its first ever and the heartbreaking loss comes after stunning audiences with their performances throughout the quadrennial tournament.

There were many historical moments throughout this final. A Croatian player, Mario Mandzukic, became the first player to score a goal in his own goal in any World Cup final taking the score to 1-0. A penalty kick was called with video assistant referees (VAR) for the first time in a final. A young player from France, Kylian Mbappe, became the first teenager to score in a final since Pele at 19 years old. France became the first team to score four goals in a final since 1970 and the sixth country to win at least two World Cups.

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