France and Croatia faced for the first time after the World Cup final in Russia. Zlatko Dalic’s selection was coming at a bad time to face his black beast, but his men wanted revenge for that painful and unforgettable 4-2 in Moscow. It could not be.
Very well planted, during the first 40 minutes, the Balkan team, with a spectacular Brozovic, managing the tempo of the game. He cut down and flagged the attacks. In one of his starts, he connected with Rebic, who fell in the area. There was no penalty, but there was a corner. It was dropped by Brozovic himself and after a rebound, the ball reached Lovren. Far from getting nervous, the center-back cut Lucas and boat soon shot Lloris crossed. 0-1.
France still did not appear, not so Griezmann, today in lane 10. The Little Prince is always comfortable playing free. After several quality details, in which he did not find his teammates, in the 43rd minute, his teammates did find him. Thanks to a game of infinite quality between Mendy, Ben Yedder, and Martial, the striker served the goal on a plate to 7, who did not miss. 1-1.
Croatia played great football during the first half, but the parts last 45 minutes. After the draw, Zlatko Dalic’s men disconnected, not Sissoko, who fought a ball on the left-wing. That ball reached Ben Yedder, who with a low center with a square and bevel passed to Martial. The ‘9’ with the help of Livakovic culminated the comeback in 45. Croatia deserved more, but France proved that it is the World champion. Les Bleus started strong after the break, but Kovacic found the newcomer Brekalo, who after two cuts, but the tables in Saint-Denis.
Croatia could get ahead, but Perisic was filled with the ball. France did not miss its chance, which in 64 broke the tie. Griezmann took a corner measured to the heart of the area, which connected with Upamecano, only, and put the 3-2 on the scoreboard. Croatia tried but finally lowered their arms in 77. The referee whistled a penalty for a doubtful hand by Brozovic. Griezmann left the penalty to maximum Giroud, who was not nervous. 40 goals for the striker with the National Team, third top scorer, to one of a certain Platini. Almost nothing.
The highlight until the final whistle was the debut of Eduardo Camavinga, at 17 years old. He played 8 and showed that he is a diamond in the rough. Benefiting from Croatian weariness and despair, he did what he wanted. Thus ended the reissue of the 2018 World Cup Final. Same result, 4-2. Croatia tried, but could not with their black beast, which showed once again, that despite their not very showy game, they have pure dynamite in the final meters.