In pictures: France defeats Croatia 4-2 in the final to win the World Cup

France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Luzhniki Stadium to win its second World Cup title after twenty years.

The World Cup final started with Will Smith,Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi performing the official World Cup song "Live It Up". (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Mario Mandzukic became the first player to score an own goal in the World Cup final when a free kick came off his head in the 18th minute to give France 1-0 lead.(Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
The final saw several dignitaries arriving at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic cheered the team while Russian President Valdimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA President Gianni Infantino were also present.(Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Croatia was not trailing for too long as Ivan Perisic finished brilliantly in the 28th minute to make it 1-1.(Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Perisic turned Croatia's villain ten minutes later, when he handled the ball inside the box which was revealed in the VAR replays awarding France a penalty.(Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot with a perfect finish into the left corner to give France 2-1 lead at half-time. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
France extended the lead to 3-1 in the 59th minute when Paul Pogba scored from a rebound. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
There was more drama on the pitch as some of the fans ran on to the pitch, interrupting the game for few minutes before the security personnel escorted them off the turf. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Kylian Mbappe scored the fourth goal for France in the 65th minute, giving Croatia a mountain to climb. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Mario Mandzukic made up for his own goal in the 69th minute when he capitalised on a Hugo Lloris mistake to give Croatia some consolation. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
After withstanding half an hour of Croatian pressure and five minutes of injury time, it was time for French players to celebrate their second World Cup crown after 1998.(Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Luka Modric, with all his creativity and drive, could not take Croatia all the way, but exceeded expectations by leading Croatia to its first ever World Cup final. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images