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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?

Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Milan Badelj gave the Croatians the lead in the second half but his goal was cancelled out by Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored a penalty.

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Quickfire strikes by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe midway through the second half put France on course for the title but Mandzukic was gifted a goal by French keeper Hugo Lloris to set up a nervous last 20 minutes.

However a freekick in the 18th minute from Griezmann flicked off of Croatian star Mario Mandzukic's head and nestled into the far corner of the Croatian net. They stunned so much so that people hoped they would win the finals too. "The crowd absolutely erupted as soon as the final whistle sounded, all 80,000 of those packed in the fan zone". At 19, he became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score in a final.

Mbappé was born months after France first won the World Cup in 1998. Croatia also include members of the Premier League (1), LaLiga (3), Serie A (4), Ligue 1 (1) and the Bundesliga (1).

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England manager Gareth Southgate also felt there was more to come from his players in future, insisting: "We have gone beyond what we thought was possible.

France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill.

These two sides clashed in the semi-finals of that 1998 World Cup, where a ten-man Les Blues side claimed a 2-1 win.

France were crowned World Cup champions for the second time after beating Croatia in a game that had goals, drama and controversy. "We played well but the penalty knocked the wind out of us and after that it was very hard". "The French did not surprise us, we let in two soft goals coupled with an own goal and a penalty".

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Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Raphael Varane have the chance to do something Sunday only 10 players have done in the history of the game: win the Champions League and the World Cup in the same year.

Croatia rallied, as they did against England when they fell behind in the semi-final, and were level after a stunning striker from Ivan Perisic.

Mississauga has a proud, tight-knit Croatian-Canadian community, said Erica Zlomislic, who works with the Croatian Heritage Association.

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It didn't look intentional as the ball hit Perisic's hand, but as we have seen previously at this tournament, any touch between hand and ball has resulted in a penalty.

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