France are champions of the world for a second time, after defeating Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Mario Mandzukic’s own goal gave France an 18th-minute lead, and Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé scored for Les Bleus. Goals to Ivan Perisic and Mandzukic gave Croatia hope, but France would not be denied their triumph.
Both sides were unchanged for the final. Didier Deschamps kept faith with Olivier Giroud, who has proved a strong link man for Mbappé and Griezmann but had yet to score for France in the tournament. Croatia had been taken to extra-time in each of their three knockout games but Zlatko Dalic kept intact the starting XI following the semi-final defeat of England.
In the opening stages Croatia pushed up impressively, attacking both flanks. Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Strinic combined well on the left as Benjamin Pavard was beaten but the best they could force was a corner which was cleared.
France continued to cede the initiative, Rakitic winning the ball and laying off for Luka Modric, who sprayed a fine ball to the left wing off the outside off his boot. Strinic and Perisic shuttled the ball into the box but Samuel Umtiti launched clear.
A theme was emerging, with Croatia targeting Pavard on the right. A counter-attack on the quarter-hour followed that pattern but a decent final ball could not be mustered.