In the most exciting world cup finals of modern time, Croatia and France delivered a captivating spectacle that brought the joint highest goal fitting in a final since 1958,a pitch invasion and a controversial intervention from the video assistant referee that had a huge influence on the outcome.
France won the FIFA World Cup for the second time by defeating Croatia’s bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
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.
France took the lead after 18 minutes when Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick deflected in off Mario Mandzukic’s head but Croatia were by far the better side in the first half and deservedly equalised courtesy of Ivan Perisic’s left-foot finish.
Croatia, however, showed unbreakable spirit and even threatened a comeback when Mandzukic took advantage of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hesitating over a clearance to pull a goal back.
France closed out the win to bring redemption for Deschamps after defeat at the Euros two years ago, sparking wild celebrations and ensuring Lloris lifted the World Cup.
France is the team for all seasons, possessing an all-round quality that has carried them to the World Cup triumph.
France celebrated gleefully at the final whistle after claiming the sport’s greatest trophy once more, with Deschamps. The coach, whose conventional methods have often brought criticism, was tossed high into the air by his players.