France Wins 2018 World Cup in Moscow

Luka Modric departs Russia with a silver medal following Croatia's 4-2 defeat to France in the World Cup final but also with the Golden Ball after being named the best player at the tournament. Reuters

France Wins 2018 World Cup in Moscow

I am really happy. Croatia will be bitterly disappointed by the result, however, they have achieved their nation's best ever World Cup finish since their independence from Yugoslavia. "I'm very proud of this team".

Mbappe then added his name to the scoresheet in the 65th minute when he collected a Lucas Hernandez pass and fired low past Danijel Subasic from 25 yards, capping what has been a fine tournament for the 19-year-old. As thunder boomed and lightning cracked, Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino handed France captain Hugo Lloris the gold-and-malachite World Cup trophy.

Deschamps' side are strongly fancied to win Sunday's final but lessons from the recent past - including defeat to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016 - ensure they are not getting carried away ahead of the match in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. With a 3-1 lead in the 59th, France began to celebrate like a team about to win the World Cup.

Mbappe is just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, joining Pele.

Deschamps has now won the tournament as a player and coach after Les Bleus clinched the 1998 edition on home soil.

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Modric said: "Despite this crisis, he filled us with self-confidence and - thank God - that first game against Ukraine away, we got a result".

When Antoine Griezmann scored France's second goal minutes later on a penalty, a few grumbles could be heard.

Even notorious artist-activist group Pussy Riot got in on the act, stopping play in the second half after masterminding a pitch invasion to protest political repression in host nation Russian Federation.

In the 59th, a run from Mbappe started a play that ended up with Pogba on the edge of the penalty area. He had total confidence in his left-footed shot right after having total confidence in his right-footed shot, showing great technical skill with both feet. The intent on the handball was unclear and the decision will likely intensify the ongoing debate regarding the video review system.

France leading 2-1 against Croatia as Griezmann scores penalty. He inadvertently sent it past his own goalkeeper.

After a cagey opening spell, the French broke the game open when Griezmann's free kick in the 18th minute was headed into his own net by Mario Mandzukic.

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After Mandzukic scored, "I started hoping again, but it is very hard to come back against opposition as hard as France".

Ahead of the World Cup final between France and Croatia, which happens to be the 900th game in the tournament's history, we compiled a list of key stats and figures that will be at play with the help of the ESPN Stats & Information Group.

It was the highest-scoring decider since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 60 years ago.

Croatia captain Luka Modric, who was awarded the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player, thought his team had the upper hand for significant periods.

Croatia will wear their famous red and white checkered shirt with white shorts and white socks in Sunday's final against France.

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