July 16, 2018 10:35 IST

Fifa World Cup 2018: France fans celebrate in Paris after Les Blues' win over Croatia

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France scored twice in each half as they thumped a combative Croatia 4-2 in a dramatic final to win the FIFA World Cup for the second time in 20 years here on Sunday. A first-ever own goal in a World Cup final gave France the lead as Mario Mandzukic headed a free-kick into his own net in the 18th minute but Croatia pulled level through a strike from Ivan Perisic in the 28th minute. Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty in the 38th minute to regain France's lead which was further increased to 3-1 by Paul Pogba in the 59th minute. Credit: (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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French football fans celebrate into the night around the Arc de Triomph after France's victory against Croatia in the World Cup Final on July 15, 2018 in Paris, France. France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup Final played at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium today. Credit: (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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French football fans celebrate with smoke grenades in front of the Arc de Triomph after France's victory against Croatia in the World Cup Final on July 15, 2018. Credit: (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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French football fans celebrate with smoke grenades in front of the Arc de Triomph after France's victory against Croatia in the World Cup Final on July 15, 2018 in Paris, France. France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup Final. Credit: (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
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The Eiffel Tower is illuminated Blue, White and Red, colors of the french flag, as a tribute to the french football team who won the world cup for the second time in history on July 15, 2018, in Paris. Credit: (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)