Ivan Perisic equalised moments later but a VAR decision saw the tables turned on Perisic, as his hand ball earned France a spot kick, which Antoine Griezmann converted to send France into the break ahead.
He joined Mario Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer, who capatained West Germany. All three goals in the second half came in a insane 9-minute period. France relied on their capacity to shut down their own defensive third while waiting for their opposition to cough up the advantage and when finally Croatia did so, it was never coming back. "We took the hard path, probably we will be the only team at a World Cup to have played eight games to get to a final if you tally up all the minutes", admitted Dalic.
"It's a young team who are on the top of the world". Some are champions at the age of 19.
"Today we did not do everything right but have those mental and psychological qualities which were decisive - and we did score four goals".
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Play resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes before Mario Mandzukic pulled one back for the Croatians in the 69th. About four minutes after his corner kick was knocked out of play, the referee ruled Ivan Perisic had handled the ball on the way. The crowd grew up perfectly still with France's third and fourth goal.
Pitana, a 43-year-old physical education teacher, has already refereed four matches at Russian Federation 2018, taking charge of Russian Federation v Saudi Arabia (Opening Game) and Mexico v Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, as well as the quarter-final between Uruguay and France.
France is rejoicing in a new generation of footballing heroes after Les Bleus defeated Croatia 4-2 in a stunning final success in Moscow. He had total confidence in his left-footed shot right after having total confidence in his right-footed shot, showing great technical skill with both feet.
Quite how much those three extra-time wins have taken out of Croatia will be seen on the deciding day, but the relatively small Balkan state won't lack for passion as they play their first major final ever and attempt to become the second smallest nation to win the WC after Uruguay.
After three successive extra-time knockout games, the chances of another Croatian comeback seemed slight but they looked dead and buried six minutes later.