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2022 → The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final was a match that took place on 15 July 2018 to determine the winners of the. It was the final of the 21st, a quadrennial tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of. The match was contested by and, and held at the in, Russia. Before 2018, France's only World Cup victory was in – though they had also reached the final in – while Croatia were playing in their first World Cup final. Both teams had defeated former World Cup champions on their way to the final: France defeated and winners, Croatia defeated winners and both teams defeated and winners. Croatia became the third Eastern European nation to reach the World Cup final, and the first since lost the final in to. France won the match 4–2, having taken a 2–1 lead during the first half on an and penalty awarded by the (VAR), both firsts in a World Cup final.
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France also became the second team in the 32-team World Cup to win all their knockout matches without any extra time or penalty shoot-out after in. As winners, France qualified for the. The final was watched by a global audience of 1.12 billion people on television and streaming platforms. Further information: The final was played at the in, located in the of the. An expanded version of the stadium was named as the provisional final venue in Russia's, which was selected by on 2 December 2010. Luzhniki Stadium was confirmed as the final venue on 14 December 2012, following a meeting of the now-erswthile FIFA Executive Committee held in, Japan.
The stadium also hosted six other matches, including the opening match on 14 June, three group stage matches, a round of 16 match, and the second semi-final match. The exterior of the Luzhniki Stadium at night with in the background. The Luzhniki Stadium, previously known as the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium until 1992, originally opened in 1956 as part of the to host the. The stadium has served as the of the country, hosting many matches for the and its predecessor, the. In the past, the stadium has been used as the home ground at various times for,. However, there are currently no clubs based at the stadium.
The stadium has hosted numerous international sporting events. The stadium was the main venue for the, hosting the and ceremonies, (four matches, including the gold medal match), and the. The stadium hosted the, as well as the. Other events staged include the, the final game of the, the, the in 1984, the, and the.
In 2013, the and were held at the ground in front of sparse crowds. The stadium has also served as a venue for many concerts, including Western artists after the fall of the, as well as political rallies.
Rated as a stadium by, the Luzhniki Stadium is the largest in Russia and at the 2018 World Cup; it usually has a maximum capacity of 81,006, but was reduced to 78,011 for the World Cup. This also makes the stadium the largest in Eastern Europe,. To prepare for the World Cup, the stadium was closed for extensive renovations in August 2013. The spectator stands were moved closer to the pitch, which was converted from artificial turf to natural grass, after the removal of the athletic track. The historic facade of the stadium was preserved due to its architectural value, while the roof was upgraded using a new skin with exterior lighting.
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The Luzhniki did not host any matches at the due to the ongoing project. The renovation project cost €341 million, and the stadium officially reopened with an international between Russia and on 11 November 2017. Background After and were eliminated in the quarter-finals, a European side was ensured to win the World Cup for a fourth consecutive tournament. The match was also the ninth all-European World Cup final, which most recently occurred in. The match was the third World Cup final for France, first appearing in the as hosts, winning 3–0 against reigning champions Brazil. France also contested the 2006 final, where they lost to in a following a 1–1 draw. Only Germany (eight) and Italy (six) have reached more finals among European nations.
Became the fourth person to reach a World Cup final as both a player and as a manager, after,. The match was the first World Cup final for Croatia in their fifth World Cup appearance. They are the 10th European country and 13th overall to reach a World Cup final, and the first new finalist since in 2010. With a population of 4.17 million, Croatia is the second least-populated country to play in a World Cup final, behind Uruguay (victors in and ). Croatia's previous best performance was as World Cup debutants in, when they finished in third place, losing 2–1 to hosts France in the semi-finals before beating the 2–1 in the third place play-off. The final was the sixth meeting between France and Croatia, with France undefeated in the previous fixtures with three wins and two draws. The two sides first met in the, with hosts France winning 2–1.
Their only other competitive meeting was during the, which finished as a 2–2 draw. Their next, and most recent, meeting was in a March 2011, which finished as a 0–0 draw. Route to the final. Fan celebrations on the streets of Paris (left) and at the (right) after the match.
Large crowds, including 90,000 people at the fanzone and an estimated million on the, celebrated the victory in Paris. The celebrations were marred by instances of rioting that were broken up by police, as well as the deaths of at least two people during celebrations elsewhere in the country, one man died after diving into a shallow canal and another died after crashing his car into a tree, the operator of the system, temporarily renamed several stations in honour of the team and its World Cup victory.
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On 16 July, more than 550,000 fans welcomed the Croatian team home in the capital city of, in the single largest public gathering in Croatia's history, where a six-hour-long bus tour brought them from to. Broadcasting and viewership FIFA estimated that the global audience for the final peaked at 1.12 billion people, including 884 million watching television broadcasts and 232 million using other platforms, including online streaming, and at public venues. According to a broadcast audit report, 86.7 percent of televisions in France and 88.6 in Croatia were watching the broadcast. Europe In France, the final was televised on and and drew an average of 26.1 million viewers, making it the most watched event ever in French television history. In England, the final had an average viewership of 10.5 million and a peak viewership of 13.8 million, split between free-to-air broadcasters and, almost half that of the viewership of. In Germany, the match drew a viewership of 21.3 million, which was around 76% of the market share, on state-owned.
In Spain, the match had a 57.3% share, with 8.2 million viewers on 's. In Croatia, the match drew around 1.538 million viewers – more than 38% of the population – on national broadcaster for an 89.3% market share. In Italy, it drew 11.7 million viewers on. In the Netherlands, the match had a viewership of 3.1 million on. In the host nation of Russia, the final was the third-most watched match of the 2018 World Cup and accounted for around 50% of the nation's population. In total, the final drew more than 160 million viewers in 20 European territories, including Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany. Rest of the world In the United States of America, the match was broadcast on -owned and -owned and, the match averaged 16.6 million viewers combined, with Telemundo reaching a total of 57% of the country's population.
In India, 70 million viewers streamed the match online, through 's (SPN) application, which was a record for a football match; an additional 22.4 million viewers watched the match on,. In China, the match drew a combined of 56 million viewers on state-broadcasters and, the most-watched sporting event in China since; an additional 24 million viewers streamed the match through, a video-service and an subsidiary.
In Australia, the final was watched by an average of 2.2 million viewers – with a peak of 3.4 million viewers – on national public broadcaster. Whereas, in Canada, the final was watched by an average of 3.9 million viewers, with a peak of 5.4 million viewers on, and RDS. Advertising In the United States, Fox received between 399,000 and $750,000 for a 30-second advertisement spot during the World Cup final; whereas in France, TF1 got up to $300,000 for a 30-second ad-spot. See also.