Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic got an unwarranted record against his name in the final of FIFA World Cup 2018 as he scored an own goal against France in the 18th-minute of the match. The Croatian striker became the first player to score an own goal in the World Cup final. Also Read - Barcelona vs Athletic: Lionel Messi Hits 650th Career Goal in 2-1 Win at Camp Nou
France started the match as the massive favourites, whereas, the Croatian’s journey to the final of the biggest sporting event in the history has been nothing short of an inspirational tale. Also Read - Dynamo Kyiv vs Barcelona: Brathwaite Scores Twice as Blaugrana Sail to 4-0 Win, Enter Last-16 of Champions League
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After 63 games filled with drama, intrigue, set-piece goals and surprise results have determined our finalists: France and Croatia. There is a distinctly 1998 feel to this World Cup Final, evoking more than a few memories of the global finals which saw France emerge victorious on home soil two decades ago.
Later, Ivan Perisic of Croatia scored a brilliant equaliser as he netted a brilliant field goal level the terms in the summit clash.
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Antonie Griezman converted a penalty in the 38th-minute of the match. It was the first time that three goals have been scored in the first-half of the summit clash in World Cup history. France has again taken the lead within 10 minutes of losing it.
Meanwhile, it is the first time Croatia has made it to the summit clash against a team that is eyeing its second World Cup triumph.