France win World Cup with 4-2 victory against Croatia

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France has won the World Cup by defeating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.

It is the second World Cup trophy for France since the tournament was held in the nation back in 1998.

With an average age of 26, France had the second youngest team in the tournament, and their golden generation featuring Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are set to return home as heroes.

French fans gather as they watch the World Cup final match between France vs Croatia on July 15, 2018 in New York. - The World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow brings the curtain down on a month-long festival of football that has changed perceptions of the host country while also giving hope to the underdog on the field. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
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French fans gather as they watch the World Cup final

Croatia exceeded their best ever finish in the tournament.

Fans across the world – in Moscow, Paris, and Zagreb, but also London and New York – were in great noise as the 2018 World Cup in Russia came to its conclusion on Sunday.

Croatian supporters stand to sing their national anthem in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Croatian supporters stand to sing their national anthem in downtown Zagreb

Antoine Griezmann won the French their first goal, although it came against the run of play.

Croatia dominated the opening quarter, harrying the French back four with commendable discipline.

However a freekick in the 18th minute from Griezmann flicked off of Croatian star Mario Mandzukic’s head and nestled into the far corner of the Croatian net.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Mario Mandzukic of Croatia scores an own goal from Antoine Griezmann of France's free-kick, France'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 Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Mandzukic flicks on Griezmann’s free-kick into his own net

It only took 11 minutes for Croatia to equalise, with a lovely control from Peresic givin himself space to shoot in the French box before he drilled a shot past Hugo Lloris.

Croatia’s lead wasn’t to last. A VAR review helped the referee decide that Persisic handled the ball in his own box in the 38th minute, leaving Griezmann to calmly slot the ball into the bottom corner.

Croatia's forward Ivan Perisic (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 1-1 equalizer during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Perisic celebrates after equalising

The third goal was scored in the 59th minute by Pogba, who picked up the original initial shot was blocked, although the second chance was steered gracefully into the net.

It seemed crucial and definitive, but was followed by a 65th minute scorcher from French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, who drilled home a low shot from 25 years for his fourth of the tournament.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 15: Antoine Griezmann of France scores a penalty past Danijel Subasic of Croatia for his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Griezmann calmly finishes from the spot

Mpbappe became the second ever youngest scorer in a World Cup final, 60 years after a 17-year-old Pele won the top spot.

Croatia picked up a second in the 69th minute after a Lloris howler saw possession given needlessly away to Mandzukic, who duly found the back of the net.

A nervy affair continued to be played out over the last 20 minutes, but no more goals were forthcoming.

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