Pandemonium in Paris after France overpowered Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup on Sunday, giving the French team its second World Cup victory in 20 years. No dull moments in the fast-paced 28 team final in Moscow, which was at one point interrupted by fans who ran onto the pitch, one of them a member of the anti-Kremlin group Pussy Riot.
The French team's first goal came off the head of Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, but Ivan Perisic soon tied the match with a left footer. Then France took over. A penalty kick, a ping-ponging shot from inside the box, and a hard low strike from 19 year old from French phenom Kylian Mbappe put France up 4 to 1.
Croatia's Mandzukic redeemed himself with a hustle play, pressuring French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who kicked the ball right into Mandzukic's right foot and into the goal, giving Croatia a glimmer of hope. But the underdogs couldn't overcome the two-point deficit. This was the French team's third World Cup final, Croatia's first.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the match with the leaders from France and Croatia on either side of him. Earlier, Putin said Russia was proud of its achievements in hosting the World Cup. It was the highest scoring World Cup final since 1966, and French coach Didier Deschamps, a midfielder on the 1998 French team, became the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a head coach.