France are World Cup champions for the second time in their history after they defeated Croatia 4-2 in a wild final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
The French side went ahead when Mario Mandzukic has headed the ball in his own net, the only major chance France had in the game at that point. Ivan Perisic equalized for the Croats after twisting at the edge of the box to lash his volley past Hugo Llrois.
More drama ensued as the referee pointed to the spot as, after watching the VAR replay, he deemed that Perisic had intentionally handled the ball but it looked harsh on the Croatian. Antoine Griezmann converted his third penalty of the tournament to hand his side the lead once again.
Goals by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe looked to have sealed the win but Llrois gifted Croatia a lifeline. Mandžukić out-smarted the goalkeeper and read his poor technique to try and pass the ball around him by sticking his leg out and Croatia were back in it.
Croatia huffed and puffed but couldn’t find more as France repeat their success 20 years ago by lifting the World Cup once again.
Here are our player ratings from an eventful World Cup final: