Awful goalkeeper blunder gifts Croatia a goal in World Cup final

Trailing 4-1, Croatia looked to be completely on the ropes in the 69th minute of the World Cup final. That’s when a horrible blunder from France’s goalkeeper gave it a lifeline (however shortlived).

Hugo Lloris, who has rightfully drawn praise for being one of the best keepers at this World Cup, was receiving a fairly simply back-pass from Samuel Umtiti. In spite of the fact that Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic was charging at him full bore, Lloris opted to take a rather casual touch before clearing the danger.

That touch was all Mandzukic needed as he pounced on the Tottenham keeper’s mistake, dispossessed him of the ball and stuck it into the back of the net.

The goal brought the score to 4-2, leaving Croatia some 20 minutes to find the two additional goals that could force the match to extra time and keep its chance of winning a first World Cup alive.

France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (front) in the final football match of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium. Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS (Getty Images)

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