After a World Cup final that encapsulated just about everything the 2018 competition entailed, France is the champion of the world once again.
France held off Croatia in a thrilling 4-2 triumph in Moscow, winning a second World Cup title and its first since 1998.
An own goal off a set piece gifted France the early lead, but, as it has all knockout stage long, Croatia battled back to pull even.
That is, until a Video Assistant Referee-aided penalty callallowed Antoine Griezmann to restore the lead before halftime from the spot.
Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe added to it just before the hour mark, giving France a 4-1 lead, before a massive Hugo Lloris error allowed Mario Mandzukic to make it 4-2 and dream of completing what would be an unprecedented comeback in the final.
France shut the door, though, and in doing so allowed Didier Deschamps to become the third to win the World Cup as a player and manager.