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World Cup Final 2018

France 4-2 Croatia

By Phil McNulty,  BBC Chief football writer in Moscow

France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia’s bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

Didier Deschamps’ side repeated the success on home soil at France ’98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.

France’s victory meant Deschamps, who captained them 20 years ago, became just the third man to win the competition as a player and coach.

Croatia also felt their luck deserted them, but ultimately France ran out victorious to erase the memories of the loss to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris.

In one of the most exciting World Cup finals of the modern era, played out to a soundtrack of thunder, Croatia and France delivered an enthralling spectacle that brought the highest goal tally in a final since 1966, a pitch invasion, and a controversial intervention from the video assistant referee that had a huge influence on the outcome.

Top scorer in the tournament anmd winner of the Golden Boots was England’s Harry Kane. The Golden Ball for Player of the Tournament went to Luka Modric of Croatia and the Young Payer of the Tournament was Kylian Mbappe of France. They are pictured together in the montage above by BILL HEANEY.

See full report on BBC Sport website ….

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