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France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup

Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy. Credit: AP

France have won the World Cup for the second time after defeating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.

A Mario Mandzukic own goal gave France the lead, originally, before Ivan Perisic equalised.

Antoine Griezmann put France ahead once again from the spot after the referee belatedly gave a penalty.

Paul Pogba made it 3-1 to France in the 59th minute when Kylian Mbappe pulled the ball back to Griezmann who laid it off to the Manchester United midfielder, who then scored at the second time of asking, by curling the ball into the bottom corner.

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Mbappe added a fourth in the 65th minute to leave the French on the verge of their second World Cup win.

A Hugo Lloris calamity allowed Croatia back into the game when he tried to take on Mandzukic but only succeeded in hitting the ball against the striker and into the net, to make it 4-2.

Mandzukic flicked a Griezmann free-kick into his own net when trying to clear to unwittingly put Croatia behind.

Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot. Credit: AP

Croatia levelled the scoring in the 29th minute when Perisic controlled the ball on the edge of the area and rifled a shot into the corner beyond Hugo Lloris.

Perisic was the villain minutes later when he was adjudged to have committed a handball after the referee had a long consultation with the video assistance available, before ultimately deciding an indiscretion had been committed.

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It was originally not seen to be a penalty but was referred back to the referee by the VAR officials, with the Uruguayan referee controversially decided Perisic's arm was in an unnatural position when it made contact with the ball.

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Griezmann was trusted with the spot-kick, which he calmly slotted home, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way in the process.

Mario Mandzukic flicks the ball into his own net. Credit: AP

Ante Rebic came close to equaliser for Croatia after the break when he was played in by Ivan Rakitic but his rising shot was tipped over the bar by a stretching Lloris.

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Paul Pogba celebrates the third goal. Credit: AP

On their way to that success, Les Bleus overcame Croatia in the semi-final and Zlatko Dalic's men will be hoping Sunday will be the moment they take their revenge and win Croatia their first World Cup.

If France triumph, Deschamps will become only the third man to win a World Cup as a player and a coach, having captained the side in 1998.

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It was then Pogba's turn to cap off a wonderful tournament for him personally when he placed a shot into the bottom right-hand corner, after seeing his first shot blocked, from the edge of the area.

The French were out of sight with 25 minutes left on the clock when Mbappe drilled a low shot beyond Danijel Subasic from 25 yards out.

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Lloris was heavily at fault when he tried to be too clever by needlessly going around Mandzukic but was punished when the ball ricocheted off the striker and into the net.

A protester is dragged off the pitch. Credit: AP

There was a brief interval after 52 minutes when four female protestors entered the pitch, but the three women were quickly removed by security services.

Despite late pressure from Croatia, France comfortably held on to win their second World Cup.

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There were joyous scenes across France in the stadium where Emmanuel Macron was in attendance and not afraid to celebrate.

Emmanuel Macron celebrates. Credit: AP
It will take something special to stop Harry Kane winning the Golden Boot. Credit: PA

There was some good news for England fans, as Harry Kane was confirmed as the Golden Boot winner.