France have won the 2018 World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.
It’s the second World Cup trophy for the French after they hosted and won the event twenty years ago inspired by the legendary Zinedine Zidane.
In another memorable night for French football, manager Didier Deschamps goes into the record books by becoming only the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach.
Considered by many to be the most thrilling World Cup of the modern era, the Mundial came to a madcap finale at the packed Luzhniki, leaving Croatia with heartbreak after their fairytale run.
Mario Mandzukic converted at the wrong end to give France the lead after a viciously whipped free-kick from Antoine Griezmann in the 18th minute.
But the Croats were level 10 minutes later when Ivan Perisic showed great composure to rifle into the far corner in a crowded French goal.
Perisic, who was the man of the match in Croatia’s semifinal win over England, turned villain eight minutes before half-time when he handled a corner, gifting the French a penalty that was expertly converted by Griezmann for his fourth goal of the Mundial.
Croatia pushed for the leveller after the break, and they were caught out at the back as Paul Pogba extended France’s lead at the second time of asking, before teenage wonder Kylian Mbappe made it 4-1 with a low drive from the edge of the box.
Croatia pulled one back through Mandzukic following a rare error from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but they couldn’t drag themselves into the match with France sitting deep.
Pogba missed a glaring chance to increase the tally late on, but it didn’t matter as France jumped in celebration when Argentine referee Nestor Pitanna blew the final whistle.