France lead 4-2 against Croatia in World Cup final

France's Antoine Griezmann scores their second goal from the penalty spot past Croatia's Danijel Subasic. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)

France were 4-2 ahead against Croatia in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

France took the lead when Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time winner over England in the semi-final, inadvertently headed home an Antoine Griezmann free-kick in the 18th minute for the first own goal in a World Cup final.

Croatia's Ivan Perisic, who had also scored in the semi-final, levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later after France had failed to clear a Luka Modric free-kick.

But Perisic was then responsible for conceding a penalty for handball that was given following a VAR decision and Griezmann coolly converted the spot-kick in the 38th to put the French back in front.

At 59th minute Paul Pogba scored the third goal and Kylian Mbappe found a goal in the 65 minutes.

Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić returned reduced goal margin by scoring his team's second goal in the 69th minutes.

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