Antoine Griezmann scored on a penalty kick in the 38th minute to break a 1-1 tie, and France poured it on in the second half en route to a 4-2 victory at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for the second World Cup in its history. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) offered Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana a chance to review it and, after a brief period, he awarded the penalty.
His kick was deflected off the head of Croatia's Mario Mandzukic in the 18th minute for an own goal to get France on the board.
Back home in France, thousands of fans headed to the Eiffel Tower to watch a broadcast on giant screens that Paris police closed the area more than two hours before kickoff.
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I learned so many things about myself. "With five different players, they have beaten her". As a precaution, the tennis star had to wear a pair of special compression leggings.
A month after the World Cup group stage kicked off with a blowout win by Russian Federation, only two teams are left standing.
France, strongly fancied to win the final, started their tournament in France slowly, beating Australia and Peru by the odd goal before a goalless stalemate with Denmark saw them top the group.
This will be France's second consecutive major final after they lost to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016, and their third World Cup final appearance - winning once in 1998 when coach Didier Deschamps was captain.
In its dream run, France toppled Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and defeated critics' favourite Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final, thereby fixing a final match against Croatia.
The last teenager to score in a World Cup final was Pele, who scored two when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958.
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I repeat all the time: never give up, never give up anything. "It's not the same feeling - we know we still have one game to win. As of the release of this post, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final is in the 54th minute, with France up 2-1 over Croatia.
Mario Fernandes late equaliser took the game to penalties though, where Danijel Subasic was again the hero, making one save, and watching another wide as Croatia became the first side to win two penalty shootouts at a World Cup since Argentina in 1990.
"Today we did not do everything right but have those mental and psychological qualities which were decisive - and we did score four goals".
Vatreni will be out for revenge from their final four defeat against Les Bleus back in 1998, with the then debutants denied a place in a maiden Final by Lilian Thuram's only worldwide goals.
"We are sad but proud at the same time", coach Zlatko Dalic said. "We dominated and then the penalty was given".
US President Donald Trump was one of the first to offer his congratulations to the French football team.
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Speaking to beIN Sport following the game, the much maligned Liverpool defender claimed that he is one of the world's best. Lovren told CNN that they are a small country, only four million people and have big talent in their squad.