With an average age of 26, France had the second youngest team in the tournament, and their golden generation featuring Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are set to return home as heroes.
Paul Pogba celebrates with team-mates after scoring France's third goal during their 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final.
We've said all along an "outsider", not one of the usual suspects, would win the 2018 World Cup.
It promises to be a fascinating encounter as France & Croatia battle it out for the World Cup.
Croatia's forward Ante Rebic (L) vies with France's midfielder Paul Pogba during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018.
Mbappe scored the fourth from outside the box six minutes later to match Griezmann on four goals before Lloris gifted Croatia their second in the 69th, taking up a back-pass and then losing the ball to Mandzukic who scored from short range.
Mbappé was born months after France first won the World Cup in 1998.
Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappé became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.
Richie Porte abandons Tour de France after stage nine crash This was the second consecutive "transition" stage that shifts the race across flatter areas to reach more hard terrain. Porte came to grief 10km into the 156.5km stage from Arras Citadelle to Roubaix and has a suspected broken collarbone.
After France lost the 2016 European Championship final on home soil in agonizing fashion, largely the same team has bounced back to secure World Cup glory.
France eventually got going and they took the lead from their first big chance.
Antoine Griezmann was accused of disrespecting Croatia after celebrating his goal with a "Take the L" dance from the popular video game Fortnite.
A whipped corner appeared to go out of play off the Inter Milan winger's leg, but a horde of French players ran to Argentine referee Nestor Pitana claiming handball; he duly consulted VAR and opted to award a spot-kick despite minimal intentional contact. They just seem to be gaining more and more momentum and more and more belief in who they are and what they can do.
But it was Mbappe who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play in the second half.
Without being brilliant today, they scored four goals, which gives an idea about France's level, and their coach's one.
Croatia showed no early nerves and confidently dominated the action in the French half, without however threatening as Raphael Varane headed a cross out of danger ahead of Mandzukic.
France and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe is a future contender for the Ballon d'Or, according to Didier Drogba. Croatia , playing in their first ever major global final, were beaten in the 1998 semifinals by France .
He was also entrusted with bowling the final over against Scotland , where he snared Ben Wheal as Zimbabwe secured a crucial tie. Khan and opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq delivered career-best efforts to ensure that Pakistan controlled the match throughout.
If you think of it, for so many years she has represented her country, she has really never made a mistake. She's a very special person. "I am sure this was not intentionally done, but it did not look very good".
Infantino stated that VAR had "educated" footballers, as being monitored by VAR cameras deterred them from resorting to violence. Moroccans fans, worldwide commentators and footballers blamed the non-use of the VAR for Morocco's elimination .
After the decriminalisation of Section 377, the LGBT community members can freely contest elections without inhibitions. The CJI said, "We are on consensual sex between two adults, considering that the bar on incest and bestiality stood".
The biggest New Zealand bet of the football World Cup has been placed at the TAB: $100,000 on France to beat Croatia. French football fans gather outside the Champs-de-Mars fan zone in Paris ahead of the World Cup final.
Organisers are hopeful of thousands of football fanatics to gather at various venues in the city to watch the game on big screens. Both are strong in the air, with Varane scoring a header against Uruguay and Umtiti heading in the victor against Belgium.
Hernandez told her rescuers she had been there for a week, according to California Highway Patrol dispatch logs. Hernandez was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Templeton, where she is in fair and stable condition.
Neutrinos are created by radioactive decay in stars, during supernovae, or as matter spirals into a black hole . Gamma rays are the kind of radiation one would expect to see from an object generating neutrinos .
This means that 2017 YE5 reflects less light than your typical rocky asteroid and "is likely as dark as charcoal", states NASA. GBO is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under a cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.
He went ahead to share a list of books by African writers which he recommended to his followers for summer reading. He last visited Kenya in 2015 as U.S President in what was viewed as a landmark homecoming.
McDonald's removing salads from 3000 stores after illness
McDonald's added that they are "committed to the highest standards of food safety" and are "closely monitoring this situation". Iowa State Epidemiologist Patricia Quinlisk all 15 had eaten salads at McDonald's before becoming ill.
Big Sam blames Harry Kane for Croatia defeat
Croatia knocked out Denmark, Russia, and England in reaching the final with all three of their knockout games going to extra time. Croatia will be taking a step into the unknown when they tackle France in Sunday's World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Ryanair pilots in Ireland start first strike
All flights to and from Europe will operate as normal. "We will contact customers in due course when we receive details". The airline told Spanish news agency Efe that it expected to cancel about 30 of the 290 flights it had programmed.
Why Obama's arrival at JKIA was not aired live
Former US President Barack Obama with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his sister Auma at State House in Nairobi, July 15, 2018 . The Associated Press reported that the former president had arrived in Kenya, where his late father was born.
Cardinals make big change, fire manager Mike Matheny
Matheny, 47, joined the Cardinals following the 2011 season and agreed to a three-year extension after 2016. The team also relieved hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller of their duties.
Will it be France or Croatia who lift the trophy?
Win or lose, this Croatia team are already national heroes for improving on the 1998 team ´s performance. Croatia , playing in their first ever major global final, were beaten in the 1998 semifinals by France .
Modric: Ronaldo is unique and it's pity he has left
Juan Cuadrado has welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus by handing his new team-mate the No 7 shirt he wore last season. The workers feel that their owner's decision to pay Ronaldo implies that Fiat would be missing out on investment.
Aston Martin's stuffed a 430-hp V8 into a Cygnet city auto
But for the meantime, you can catch it running up the Duke of Richmond's driveway at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. So massively flared carbon-fibre arches were installed that hide 275/35/19 rubber in the rear and 235/40/19 in the front.
OPPO 'Find X' with AI-driven stealth 3D cameras in India
There is still no official word on when the Indian market will see the Oppo Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition . In terms of camera , the Oppo Find X sports a 25-megapixel selfie sensor and a 16MP+20MP dual lenses on the back.
Umtiti header sends France into World Cup final
Marouane Fellaini joined him 20 minutes later even though Belgium were chasing a goal and sending crosses into the box. Against France , there was another surprise as Mousa Dembele started for only the second time at this competition.