Here’s some words from Didier Deschamps, who has become only the second man to lift the World Cup as a captain and manager, after Franz Beckenbauer.
“How marvellous! It’s a young team, who are on the top of the world. Some are champions at the age of 19. We did not play a huge game but we showed mental quality. And we scored four goals anyway. They deserved to win.”
“The group worked so hard and we had some tough moments along the way. It hurt so much to lose the Euros two years ago, but it made us learn too. The win is not about me, it’s the players who won the game.
“For 55 days, we have done a lot of work. It is the supreme coronation. We are proud to be French, to be Blues. The victory in the match belongs to them. Vive le Republic.
“How did France win, when Croatia had the world’s best defender in their team?” honks Woollie Madden. “It almost seems like France’s forward line was motivated by Dejan Lovren’s lack of respect.”
How did the final compare to previous editions? It’s being touted as the best ever, which is a big call given it only finished an hour ago. It’s surely one of the most entertaining, though – with six goals, it had as many as the last four finals put together.
Look who’s decided to stick his oar in:
Here’s a terrific snap of Emmanuel Macron celebrating a France goal in the stands. For more of the best images from the World Cup final and beyond, check out our gallery and follow us on Instagram.
Merci Barry. Well, that wasn’t bad, was it? We’ll have more reaction and analysis to France’s 4-2 win – plus there’s plenty of time to reflect on what’s been a remarkable tournament.
Don’t touch that dial. I’m off to record the final podcast of the World Cup, which you’ll be able to download later. Niall McVeigh will be taking over here to bring you reaction and post-match comment.
Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy!!!
Trophy in hand, Fifa president Gianni Infantino makes his way into the scrum of celebrating France players and hands it over to their skipper Hugo Lloris. As the rain continues to pour down, the goalkeeper raises it skywards. France are the world champions and their coronation is marked by fireworks and an explosion of golden ticker-tape.
France go up to collect their World Cup winners’ medals. In a downpour of biblical proportions, the players of France file past their presentation party, receiving the congratulations of their own president and Croatia’s. Standing there in her Croatia shirt and white trousers, Kolinda is soaked to the skin and doesn’t seem a bit perturbed.
Croatia collect their runners-up medals. The heavens open as Croatia’s players enjoy a guard of honour from their French conquerers and go up to receive their losers’ medals. It is hammering down with rain and there aren’t too many umbrellas on that podium.
Nestor Pitana collects his commemorative medal. The referee and his team of officials are booed by Croatia’s fans as they receive their medals from a presentation party that includes Fifa president Gianni Infantino, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and France president Emmanuel Macron.
Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot for top scorer, while Thibaut Courtois wins the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper. Neither are present to pick up their awards.
Kylian Mbappe wins the Young Player of the Tournament award. That’s no big surprise. I know what I was doing when I was 19 and it wasn’t scoring goals in World Cup finals.
Presentation ahoy!!! After a long delay, the World Cup trophy is once again brought out on to the pitch, where a stage has been erected, by the former Germany international Philipp Lahm.
Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot: What with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann having to make do with just one goal each in this final, England striker Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot for being the competition’s top scorer, with six, despite drawing a blank in England’s past three games.
More on that second half pitch invasion …
Assorted memebrs of Pussy Riot invaded the pitch early in the second half, saying in a statement that it was “cool here” on the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium. Having seen them being carried off the pitch by security goons, I can’t help but wonder how “cool” it is in their current lodgings, wherever they might be. Here’s Shaun Walker with the latest …
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France have won the World Cup final, seeing off a valiant effort by Croatia in the process. Here’s your opportunity to see how history will remember the winners and losers.
Match report: France 4-2 Croatia
Here’s our snap on-the-whistle report from the Luzhniki Stadium, which will be replaced by that of our Chief Football Correspondent Daniel Taylor just as soon as he draws breath.
Goals! Goals! Goals! It was high-scoring for a World Cup final, with six goals in total. One was an own goal, one came from a highly ducious penalty and a third came on the back of a hideous goalkeeping rick. The other three, scored by Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Ivan Perisic were quite outstanding and fit to grace any World Cup final.
World Cup final result: France 4-2 Croatia
France are the world champions: Didier Deschamps celebrates with his overjoyed players as their fans cut loose in the stands and in the streets and squares of France.
For Croatia, it’s a boulevard of broken dreams, but they can go home with their heads held high. They dominated this match for long periods, putting France under immense pressure. France enjoyed a bit of luck but were ultimately worthy winners. As Dider Deschamps gets the bumps from his players, Antoine Griezmann stands to one side weeping salty tears of joy.
FRANCE WIN WORLD CUP 2018!!!
Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeep! It’s all over – France have beaten Croatia 4-2 to win their second World Cup, two decades after their only previous success in the competition.
90+3 min: Sime Vrsalko is booked for a desperate foul on Antoine Griezmann. From the free-kick, the ball’s played in to the penalty area, where Paul Pogba takes his eye off it and mis-kicks completely when scoring looked easier.
90+2 min: Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba attack down the right flank on the break. Paul Pogba tries to be too elaborate and squanders possession.
90+1 min: The game enters its knockings as the fourth official holds up the board. There’ll be five minutes of added time for Croatia to pull off an escape that would be little short of miraculous.
90 min: Brozovic concedes a free-kick and kicks the ball away in frustration. He avoids a yellow card, not that he’ll care particularly.
88 min: Kramaric and Vida combine down the left flank in a move that ends with Ivan Rakitic on the ball, shooting from distance only to send his effort high and wide.
87 min: France win a free-kick and taske it v-e-r-y, v-e-r-y, s-l-o-w-l-y, as you’d expect. Time is running out for Croatia, whose commendable resilience looks set to go unrewarded.
85 min: Pjaca skips and shimmies down the right flank, foxing Lucas Hernandez with a couple of stepovers. He tries to pick out Sime Vrsalko, but the Croatia right-back isn’t on the same wavelength as his team-mate and a promising move breaks down.
83 min: Free-kick for Croatia, wide on the left. Ivan Rakitic swings the ball into the penalty area, where Hugo Lloris plucks it from the sky.
82 min: Croatia substitution: Ivan Strinic off, Marko Pjaca. France substitution: Olivier Giroud off, Nabil Fekir on.
80 min: What with all the excitement since the interval, I haven’t got around to mentioning the pitch invasion that took place at the beginning of the second half. Luckily, our man Shaun Walker in Moscow has all the skinny.
“The Russian protest performance group Pussy Riot have claimed responsibility for a pitch invasion early in the second half at the game. ‘Right now, there are four members of Pussy Riot on the pitch,’ the group wrote on its Facebook page. It said the pitch invasion had been a protest with demands including:
1. Free political prisoners
2. Do not put people in jail for social media “likes”
3. Stop illegal detentions at political rallies
4. Allow political competition in Russia
5. Do not fabricate criminal cases and detain people for no reason
Pussy Riot gained notoriety for a protest inside Moscow’s biggest cathedral in 2012, for which three participants were arrested and jailed for varying lengths of time. Since then, the three women who were put on trial have separated, with two of them – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina – still appearing separately using the Pussy Riot name. It was unclear whether either of them were involved on Sunday.
On Twitter, the group’s account said it would post photographs and video very soon. “Hi everyone from the pitch at Luzhniki, it’s cool here,” the tweet read.
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