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Video: Croatia tenacity, Perisic blast levels at 1-1

France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Ivan Perisic of Croatia scores his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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The Croatians may have felt disappointed in the French opener, but Ivan Perisic has his country level at 1-1.

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A tenacious Croatia came back with a ton of pressure off of a free kick of their own just prior to the half-hour mark, and the Inter Milan man brilliantly struck a left-footed blast into the far corner to equalize in the 28th minute.

When the ball finally found Perisic at the top of the box, he did well to create enough space and bury the shot past Hugo Lloris.