An own goal, VAR and memories of Pele: the landmarks of the 2018 World Cup final
Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic scored the first own goal in a World Cup final.
France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow, lifting the trophy for the second time.
Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the landmark moments from the encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
Mario Mandzukic nods into his own net – and the history books
Croatia forward Mandzukic would have been hoping to make headlines for scoring in a World Cup final, but not the first own goal. With 19 minutes gone, France took the lead, somewhat against the run of play, when Antoine Griezmann’s floated free-kick was glanced on by the 6ft 3in Juventus striker and into the top corner, past Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
VAR takes centre stage, again
Shortly after Croatia had equalised, a France corner was headed on into the six-yard box, with the ball striking Ivan Perisic’s hand. Argentinian official Nestor Pitana jogged over to the TV monitor on the advice of video assistant referee Massimiliano Irrati and his team. After going over multiple replays, and having one final review just in case, the referee returned to the pitch to point to the spot. Croatia were livid – but Griezmann kept his cool, despite the long wait, to send the keeper the wrong way for a first goal in a World Cup final given on the intervention of VAR.
Kylian Mbappe comes of age
There were hopes that Paris St Germain forward Mbappe would light up Russia 2018 rather than be overawed by the occasion. Aged just 19, Mbappe had already put those doubts to bed with a string of electric displays – and when he slotted in France’s fourth goal after 65 minutes became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since a certain Pele in 1958.