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2018 FIFA World Cup Final
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The France team holds the World Cup trophy
Event 2018 FIFA World Cup
Date 15 July 2018 (2018-07-15)
Venue Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Man of the Match Antoine Griezmann (France)
Referee Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Attendance 78,011
Weather Partly cloudy
27 °C (81 °F)
51% humidity
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final was the last match to determine the winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This was the 21st final of the FIFA World Cup, a tournament played by the men's national football teams and organised by FIFA. The match was played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 15 July 2018, between France and Croatia. France won the match 4–2. Mario Mandžukić's own goal at the 19th minute was the first World Cup final to have an own goal. The winners of the World Cup qualified for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Road to the final

France Round Croatia
Opponents Result Group stage Opponents Result
 Australia 2–1 Match 1  Nigeria 2–0
 Peru 1–0 Match 2  Argentina 3–0
 Denmark 0–0 Match 3  Iceland 2–1
Group C winners Final standings Group D winners
Opponents Result Knockout stage Opponents Result
 Argentina 4–3 Round of 16  Denmark 1–1 (aet) (3–2 p)
 Uruguay 2–0 Quarter-finals  Russia 2–2 (aet) (4–3 p)
 Belgium 1–0 Semi-finals  England 2–1 (aet)



15 July 2018 (2018-07-15)
18:00 MSK (UTC+3)
France  4–2  Croatia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Mandžukić Goal 19' (o.g.)
Griezmann Goal 38' (pen.)
Pogba Goal 59'
Mbappé Goal 65'
Report Perišić Goal 29'
Mandžukić Goal 69'
GK 1 Hugo Lloris (c)
RB 2 Benjamin Pavard
CB 4 Raphaël Varane
CB 5 Samuel Umtiti
LB 21 Lucas Hernández Booked in the 41st minute 41'
CM 6 Paul Pogba
CM 13 N'Golo Kanté Booked in the 27th minute 27' Substituted off in the 55th minute 55'
RW 10 Kylian Mbappé
AM 7 Antoine Griezmann
LW 14 Blaise Matuidi Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
CF 9 Olivier Giroud Substituted off in the 81st minute 81'
MF 15 Steven N'Zonzi Substituted on in the 55th minute 55'
MF 12 Corentin Tolisso Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
FW 18 Nabil Fekir Substituted on in the 81st minute 81'
Didier Deschamps
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GK 23 Danijel Subašić
RB 2 Šime Vrsaljko Booked in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
CB 6 Dejan Lovren
CB 21 Domagoj Vida
LB 3 Ivan Strinić Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić
CM 11 Marcelo Brozović
RW 18 Ante Rebić Substituted off in the 71st minute 71'
AM 10 Luka Modrić (c)
LW 4 Ivan Perišić
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić
FW 9 Andrej Kramarić Substituted on in the 71st minute 71'
MF 20 Marko Pjaca Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
Zlatko Dalić

Man of the Match:
Antoine Griezmann (France)

Assistant referees:
Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Reserve assistant referee:
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Video assistant referee:
Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
Assistant video assistant referees:
Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Maximum of twelve named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time


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