The change had an immediate effect, allowing France to play more aggressively and Pogba started pulling strings; a wonderful ball behind the Croatian defence released Mbappe and Pogba was eventually set up on the edge of the box to bury his strike at the second time of asking.
Croatia have shown the quality and resilience to come through three knockout rounds, two on penalties and one in extra time.
These two sides clashed in the semi-finals of that 1998 World Cup, where a ten-man Les Blues side claimed a 2-1 win.
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France then looked to have clinched the game as Mbappe drilled home a fourth from distance with the 19-year-old becoming just the second teenager in history to score in a World Cup final. As it did to Uruguay, France hands Belgium its only loss and returns to the final for the third time in the past six World Cups.
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic fails to stop an own goal by Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, 17, France's opening goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018.
After France lost the 2016 European Championship final on home soil in agonizing fashion, largely the same team has bounced back to secure World Cup glory.
Croatia have been relying on their world-class midfield duo of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic throughout the tournament and will be hoping the experienced campaigners can fire when it matters most.
CROATIA 2, NIGERIA 0: Like France in its first match, Croatia uses a penalty kick and an own-goal to grab the lead in a group many identified as among the toughest. A cross from the French right-hand side was handled by the Croatia No4, with a penalty awarded after a VAR review.
France's attackers have been curiously quiet since the Round of 16, but Kylian Mbappe or Antoine Griezmann will re-assume the goal-scoring burden in the final. Deschamps, who captained France when they lifted the World Cup in 1998, would become only the third man to win the trophy as both a player and a manager after Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo.
But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half. Croatia certainly felt hard done by but they had ample time to recover because, incredibly, it was still only halftime.
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