France makes history, wins World Cup the second time

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France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by defeating Croatia’s 4-2 in a thrilling final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

Didier Deschamps’ side repeated the success on home soil at France ’98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.

France’s victory meant Deschamps, who captained the team 20 years ago, became just the third man to win the competition as a player and coach.

In one of the most exciting World Cup finals of the modern era, Croatia and France delivered an enthralling spectacle that brought the highest goal tally in a final since 1966.

Croatia, 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.

But 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.

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