France lead 2-1 against Croatia as Griezmann scores penalty

Paul Pogba celebrates with teammates amid France’s win

Lloris has been prone to mistakes on occasion, and he'd had a solid World Cup until gifting Mandzukic Croatia's second goal. "I'm really happy for this group".

Follow Al Jazeera's coverage of the World Cup 2018 here. "I'm very proud of this team". 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.

France, champions in 1998, meet Croatia, for the first time in a major tournament final, at Luzhniki Stadium.

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Croatia opened the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Nigeria in their traditional red and white checkers. On France's third goal, Pogba started the play with a remarkable pass to Mbappé making a diabolical run, and then Pogba finished the play with a gorgeous strike. His right-footed shot was blocked but he coolly curved the rebound in with his left.

That meant it was the fourth successive knockout game in which Croatia conceded first but again they found a way back as Perisic, who got the equaliser against England, smashed in a low shot 10 minutes later. The intent on the handball was unclear and the decision will likely intensify the ongoing debate regarding the video review system. He deflected it past his own goalkeeper. Croatia came back and tied the game, before France racked up three more goals.

Shortly after, Croatia's Ivan Perisic delivered a goal, tying up the game.

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But replays of the incident showed that Antoine Griezmann dived to win the free-kick for France.

Can France add a second World Cup to their trophy case or will Croatia finish this tournament off by winning it for the first time?

It was the highest-scoring decider since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the most goals in normal time since Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 60 years ago. Deschamps now joins elite company, one which only has Franz Beckenbauer for lifting the World Cup as a captain and as a coach. The normally staid coach did a few skipping dance steps in the rain before stopping and laughing at himself. Rakitic hit a long shot over the bar, but in the end Croatia's exhausted legs gave in. This time, they have four full days to recover, one more than Croatia.

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Croatia has also played a lot more soccer in its six matches in Russian Federation. All three goals in the second half came in a insane 9-minute period. They scored four goals from their three shots on goal. That was the final score. That set the stage for goals by Pogba and Mbappe - who became the first teenage after Pele in 1958 to score in World Cup final - which took the match away from the Croats.

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