Croatia appear pressing since the early minutes. They did not give French a chance to develop the game.
But the attacks that Croatia launched into the 15th minute has not produced results. France’s back line looks solid to break Croatian efforts.
France got a free kick in front of the Croatian penalty box in the 18th minute following Marcelo Brozovic’s offense against Antoine Griezmann.
Griezmann came forward as the executor. His shot was driven away by Mario Mandzukic, but the Croatian striker’s header instead turned the ball into his own goal. France was winning 1-0.
Croatia tried to retaliate. But Damagoj Vida’s header that continued Luka Modric bait still bounced over the crossbar.
Croatian efforts to equalize the score to fruition in the 28th minute. The failure of the French back line dispels free kicks exploited by Croatia.
The ball that deflected Mandzukic then fell to Vida’s feet and passed to Perisic. Perisic controlled the ball and then fired a shot with his left foot to break down Hugo Lloris’s goal.
The drama took place in the 35th minute. The corner kick from Griezmann who headed Blaise Matuidi claimed Perisic’s hand. The referee immediately gave a signal to check the VAR.
After watching the video, the referee decided to give a penalty to France in the 38th minute. Griezmann quietly outwits Danijel Subasic. His left-kick to the left that Subasic failed to grasp restored France’s advantage.
Score 2-1 to French advantage lasted until the first half was completed.
Entering the second half, the game went straight in high tempo. France took the initiative first and a Griezmann shot from the front of the penalty box still pointed right into Subasic.
Paul Pogba lost the ball in the middle and Croatia launched a counterattack. Ante rebić who received gastric ball then fired a shot from the left side of the penalty box, but the ball pushed with one hand by Lloris.
France turns to launch an attack through Kylian Mbappe. From the right side, Mbappe with his speed pushed into the penalty box despite being stuck by Vida. Mbappe tried to conquer Subasic from a narrow angle, but to no avail.
Despite continued pressure on Croatia, France remains solid in the back. France actually able to add another goal in the 59th minute.
Mbappe started the French attack from the right side and the ball he sent into the penalty box fell to Pogba’s feet. Pogba’s first kick was blocked by Croatia’s defenders.
The vomit ball again leads to Pogba. This time the French midfielder did not waste it. His second shot outwit Subasic and into the goal.
Just six minutes later, France added another goal. Mbappe got space outside the penalty box and fired a shot that led to the bottom left corner of Subasic goal.
But Croatia immediately replied in the 69th minute. Lloris blundered in front of the net. While trying to poke, Mandzukic who was nearby able to grab the ball and put it into the goal. France 4 Croatia 2.
Composition of Players
France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Mbappe-Lottin, Pogba, Kante (N’Zonzi 55 ‘), Matuidi, Griezmann, Giroud
Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rebic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Perisic, Modric, Mandzukic