In pictures: France beat Croatia 4-2 in an incredible FIFA World Cup final in Moscow

France celebrated their second World Cup win 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, overcoming a passionate Croatia side 4-2 in one of the most gripping finals in recent history. The breathless victory under stormy skies at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deschamps' side -- balancing youthful zest and tournament nous -- have buried the pain of their defeat in the Euro 2016 final on home soil.
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France's players lift the Fifa World Cup trophy after the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. - France won the World Cup for the second time in their history after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
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France's players hold their World Cup trophy as they celebrate their win during the trophy ceremony at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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France's players lift the Fifa World Cup trophy after the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. - France won the World Cup for the second time in their history after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
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France's forward Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup trophy after winning the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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France's forward Kylian Mbappe (L) and France's midfielder Paul Pogba celebrate after they both scored a goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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Mario Mandzukic of Croatia scores an own goal past team mate Danijel Subasic, France's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
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Croatia's forward Ivan Perisic celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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France's forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after shooting a penalty kick to score his team's second goal during their Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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Hugo Lloris of France reacts following Mario Mandzukic of Croatia scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
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France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (R) jumps to catch the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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French President Emmanuel Macron reacts during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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French President Emmanuel Macron (R) celebrates beside Russian President Vladimir Putin during the trophy ceremony at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino (C) watches as Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) touches the World Cup trophy during the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. France won the World Cup for the second time in their history after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
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French President Emmanuel Macron (R) congratulates France's coach Didier Deschamps during the trophy ceremony at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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France's supporters wait ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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A France supporter cheers ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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Luka Modric of Croatia poses with his Golden Ball award after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
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France's forward Kylian Mbappe poses with the FIFA Young Player award during the trophy ceremony at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
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