France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday as they lifted the trophy for the second time, following up their triumph in 1998.
In what was an enthralling encounter between the two sides, a Mario Mandzukic own goal, Antoine Griezmann penalty and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe sealed glory for France.
Having topped their group after beating Australia and Peru before being held to a draw by Denmark, question marks were raised over the French side as they struggled to find top gear and entirely convince.
However, they saw off Argentina in a thrilling 4-3 win in the last-16 before wins over Uruguay and Belgium helped them secure their place in the finale as they deservedly went all the way having kept things tight defensively and utilised their superior quality in attack when it mattered.
Despite a spirited effort from Croatia, it wasn’t enough to deny Didier Deschamps and his men as they went on to lift the trophy in Moscow and will now celebrate their success in the coming days on their return to France after a memorable summer.
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