Deschamps joins elite club, Mbappe second to Pele - the best stats from the World Cup final

15 July 2018

France won their second World Cup on Sunday with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow.

It means that Didier Deschamps is only the third person to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager, after Brazil`s Mario Zagallo and Germany`s Franz Beckenbauer.

That was not the only impressive stat from one of the most entertaining World Cup finals in recent history, however. 

With the help of Opta, we take a look at some of the best facts and figures from a remarkable game.  



- France became the first team to score four goals in a World Cup final since Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in 1970.
- This was the highest scoring World Cup final since England beat Germany 4-2 back in 1966.
- Kylian Mbappe (19y 207d) is the second youngest player to score in a World Cup final, after Pele for Brazil in 1958 (17y 249d).

- Antoine Griezmann has scored 10 goals for France in major tournaments - only three players have scored more for Les Bleus (Michel Platini 14, Just Fontaine 13, Thierry Henry 12).
- Paul Pogba became the first Manchester United player to score in a World Cup final, and the first Premier League player to do so since Emmanuel Petit in 1998.
- Pogba`s goal was the first scored from outside the box in a World Cup final since Marco Tardelli for Italy against Germany in 1982.



- Croatia are the first team to lose in their first ever appearance in a World Cup final since the Netherlands in 1974 (1-2 vs Germany).
- Ivan Perisic has been directly involved in 11 goals at major tournaments (7 goals, 4 assists) - more than any other Croatia player.
- Perisic became only the second player to both score a goal, and concede a penalty in a World Cup final, after Marco Materazzi for Italy in 2006.
- Mario Mandzukic is only the second player in World Cup history to score a goal for his team and an own goal in the same match, after the Netherlands` Ernie Brandts against Italy in 1978.

- Mandzukic became the fifth player to score in both World Cup and European Cup/Champions League finals after Ferenc Puskas, Zoltan Czibor, Gerd Muller and Zinedine Zidane.

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