France are the world champions once more, writing their own piece of history and shattering Croatia’s dream for a maiden World Cup triumph.
Exactly 20 years after their famous win on home soil, the 1998 World Cup winning captain, Didier Deschamps guided the Les Blues to their second World Cup trophy, beating Croatia 4-2 in today’s final in Russia.
The match was a repeat of the 1998 semifinal and France was able to post a double over the smallest nation to ever reach a World Cup final after Uruguay.
An own goal from Mario Mandzukic off an Antoine Griezmann free kick, put the French on course but Ivan Perisic levelled matters from inside the box.
Griezmann then slotted in a penalty after Perisic had handled in the box, as the match went to half-time with France leading 2-1.
Two quick fire goals from Paul Pogba and the youngest World Cup final scorer since the great Brazilian Pele, Kylian Mbappe sealed the victory for France, even though a Hugo Lloris blunder gifted Croatia the second goal.
Croatia had dreamed and they had the ball for the better part of the match but a maiden World Cup trophy for them was elusive.