Key moments from France's electrifying World Cup final win

Croatia's bid for World Cup final glory is against their conquerors in 1998

Two and a half years ago, Kylian Mbappé could only dream about becoming a professional but tonight, the 19-year-old is a World Cup victor and has scored a goal in a World Cup final. The group worked so hard and we had some tough moments along the way. "We are a small country, but we always go far", said Pastor Marko Stefanec who has been organizing Federation Internationale de Football Association viewing parties in his church's basement since the Croatia's first game in the 2018 World Cup.

Peter Sekulic, president of the Edmonton Croatia Soccer Club says although he is sad that they lost, he couldn't have asked for a better team.

French President Emmanuel Macron, along with his wife Brigitte, will leave Moscow straight after the 2018 FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia, the French embassy informed TASS on Sunday.

2014 World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm was in Moscow to hand over the trophy.

"The win is not about me, it's the players who won the game".

"We can not but feel sad that this spectacular football festival, which had given us so many happy moments, vivid impressions and new friends, is nearly over", Putin said.




The Croatia players were given a standing ovation by their fans after taking the game to the French for the entire 90 minutes, dominating much of the match but falling to an own goal, a penalty awarded by VAR and two second-half strikes.

Putin was watching the game alongside Macron and Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino. "I'm proud of them no matter what". Against such a strong side as France you must not make mistakes.

But the midfielder has been in inspired form for France helping them to the World Cup final. "I learned a lot from that defeat", he said.

France counter-attacked, punched them and knocked them out.

Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia, first to equalize in the 28th minute and later as a consolation goal in the 69th, embarrassing Lloris with a flicked shot as the France goalkeeper tried to dribble the ball out of his goalmouth.

Macron, who used to play left-back in university football teams, had met the squad before they left for the competition, urging them to return home with the famous golden World Cup trophy.

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