France have been crowned World Cup champions after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final.
Croatia began the game in dominant fashion, with the eastern Europeans dominating possession. Ivan Perišić in particular was looking to make his mark on this final, as he was looking lively and dangerous.
Despite the early pressure, it was France who were to strike first. Antoine Griezeman was fouled on the edge of the box in a controversial decision, and it was the Atletico Madrid forward who duly stepped up to the dead ball in the 17th minute.
After whipping it in towards the back post, it was Mario Madžukić who got the touch that put the ball past his keeper, Danijel Subašić for the first own goal of a World Cup Final.
It took just 10 minutes for Croatia to reply from their own free kick, when a clever set piece from gave Perišić the opportunity to smash the ball past Hugo Lloris.
The first half had even more excitement and drama to follow as France was awarded a penalty after Perišić was judged to have deliberately handled the ball in the box by VAR. Once again it was Griezmann who stepped up to the ball and he calmly slotted his penalty past a hapless Subašić.
Although Croatia were immediately looking for a reply, the first half ended with the underdogs behind and desperate to equalise.
Unfortunately for them, the next goal came the way of Manchester United star Paul Pogba. A fantastic run by Mbappe down the right flank gave Griezmann the opportunity to lay the ball of to Pogba whose initial shot was blocked before the defensive midfielder showed his class as he finished the rebound with his left foot in the 59th minute.
Croatia looked to score the next goal to mount any hopes of a comeback, but Kylian Mbappe sealed their fate when he scored in the 64th minute from open play. The 19-year-old has become only the second Teenager to score in a World Cup Final after the great Pele in 1958.
There was some consolation for Croatia though, when Lloris was caught out by Madžukić and gifted the Croatians a glimmer of hope with 20 minutes remaining. Ironically, this was also the first time that any player has been on the scoreboard for both the winning and losing team in a Final and the second time in World Cup history.
Although Croatia brought on 3 attacking substitutes, they were not able to breach the French goal again. The match ended 4-2 and saw French coach Didier Deschamps become only the third person to ever win the World Cup as a player and coach.
The Croatians can be proud of their performance in this World Cup as they overcame all adversity and showed perseverance only to be bested by the dominant and unbeaten French.
Overall, this has been one of the most exciting World Cup finals in many years, with more goals being scored in this match than the last four finals combined, and although there were some controversial calls during the game, the better team were able to take the honours of being the best footballing nation in the world.