It was a whirlwind of a first half for Ivan Perisic in Sunday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Final.
The Croatian winger came up huge for his country when he delivered the game-tying goal against France just 10 minutes after teammate Mario Mandzukic headed in his own goal to give Les Bleus a 1-0 lead.
But after the high of finding the back of the net, Perisic came back down to earth via a controversial call.
Perisic was flagged for a handball in the penalty area in the 38th minute, and Antoine Griezmann capitalized on Croatia’s misfortune by converting from the spot to give France its second lead of the match.
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Luck has been on Croatia’s side for the bulk of the tournament, but it’s safe to say that hasn’t carried over into the finale.
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