In a thrilling match on Sunday night in Moscow, France won 4-2. This was the highest score in final since 1966 and it was filled with thrill and drama. Any team that scores four goals in the final is permitted to feel that they have won in style
In the wake of playing three additional extra times consecutively, Croatia just couldn’t summon up the vitality to secure the World Cup final.
Croatian captain Luca modric was hot favourite in the final and he got the 2018 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball.
“So close, yet so far” is the expression that embodied Croatia’s fortunes in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. Croatia endured a painful 4-2 misfortune against France with goals from Mario Mandzukic(OG), Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe securing Les Bleus’ second World Cup trophy.
Croatia started the first half fine as they restricted the French midfield from holding the ball. their pressing style made the match difficult for french team. In the second half croatian was seen chasing which lead to large gaps between the midfield and defence and ultimately they were defeated.
Nevertheless, they played their part in the tournament very well which will be remembered forever.
Today let us rate the performance of french and croatian players according to their performance in FIFA world cup final 2018.
Hugo Lloris: 6
His blunder drove Mandzukic’s second goal.
Fine spare to deny Rebic in the second half.
Benjamin Pavard: 6
He was Unable to move forward in the field because of Croatia’s pressing.
Raphaël Varane: 8
He is such a calm and composed player in the French defence. Made one mistake, but got away with it.
Samuel Umtiti: 6
he was Under pressure from the start by Croatia’s strength.
Lucas Hernandez: 8
Strategically shrewd, knowing when to go ahead and when to remain. Set up the fourth objective. Still just 22.
Paul Pogba: 7
Looked somewhat lost in first half. His raking pass prompted third goal, scored by himself.
N’Golo Kanté: 5
Not at his typical best performance and overwhelmed by Croatia’s midfield.
Kylian Mbappé: 8
His goal and defensive work, either was outstanding.
Antoine Griezmann: 9
His free-kick prompted France’s opener and he scored from the spot. Contributed in defense as well.
Blaise Matuidi: 7
His unfathomable workrate and strategic mindfulness was essential in Russia – and the last match was no exception.
He ran around a lot but never looked like scoring.
Danijel Subasic: 6
He gave a Slow reaction to Mbappé’s goal. 6
Sime Vrsaljko: 7
Apparently a full-back yet played as a winger without disregarding defense.
Domagoj Vida: 8
Another ground-breaking show by the middle back. Denied Mbappé with a sublime sliding tackle.
Ivan Strinic: 6
Upheld Perisic going ahead magnificently.
Luka Modric: 7
Intelligent as always yet not the show he would have needed in his offer to anchor the Ballon d’Or.
Marcelo Brozovic: 6
Unfortunate to give away free-kick that prompted France’s first goal yet Croatia’s slightest emphatic midfielder.
Ivan Rakitic: 6
Regularly so unflustered, he gave the ball away a couple of times and shot uncontrollably wide towards the end.
Ante Rebic: 7
Buckled down all through however did not have same effect as Perisic. Denied by Lloris’ fingertips.
Ivan Perisic: 9
Best player on the pitch for 60 minutes. Scored an eminent goal and was extremely unfortunate with the penalty.
He took advantage of Lloris’s howler to score. Never stopped running and unfortunate to have no goal.