Behind the numbers for France and Croatia

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France had a little luck before showing their class as they claimed a second World Cup title on Sunday, 4-2 over courageous but tiring Croatia.

Croatia have shown the quality and resilience to come through three knockout rounds, two on penalties and one in extra time.

Pele, who remains the youngest player to appear in a World Cup final, was 17 when he scored two goals in the 5-2 victory over hosts Sweden.

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Croatia started well with crosses from out wide causing France problems as the underdogs settled well.

"It's a huge pleasure and privilege to play in such a match, there's nothing more attractive as a professional football player than to play in the World Cup final", he told reporters on Saturday.

Mbappe was born months after France first won the World Cup in 1998.

After France lost the 2016 European Championship final on home soil in agonizing fashion, largely the same team has bounced back to secure World Cup glory.

Antoine Griezmann was accused of disrespecting Croatia after celebrating his goal with a "Take the L" dance from the popular video game Fortnite.

Les Blues will undoubtedly be looking to Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to get the goals, with both players registering three goals each.

A month after the World Cup group stage kicked off with a blowout win by Russian Federation, only two teams are left standing.

Over four minutes passed between the ball striking Perisic's arm in the box and the talisman Griezmann converting the resulting penalty to restore France's lead.

A corner from Griezmann hit the arm of Perisic when Blaise Matuidi attempted a near-post flick on, and Argentine referee Nestor Pitana harshly awarded a penalty, after a long review, which Griezmann calmly slotted home. France were the better team, they used all their chances tonight, without making too many costly mistakes.

But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half.

Croatia and star Luka Modric are in uncharted waters as their small nation has never reached the World Cup Final game before.

In the end, the big No17's strike was not enough to spark yet another miraculous Croatian comeback, and Les Bleus emulate their heroes of 1998 - including coach Didier Deschamps - in securing their second World Cup title.



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