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France 4-2 Croatia: Les Bleus crush Croatians to win World Cup final (AS IT HAPPENED) LIVE UPDATES

15 Jul, 2018 14:05
France 4-2 Croatia: Les Bleus crush Croatians to win World Cup final (AS IT HAPPENED)
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Live updates as France and Croatia meet in the World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. We’ll be bringing you all the action and reaction as it happens.

  • 15 July 2018

    17:39 GMT

    As the fireworks continue to go off around Luzhniki Stadium in salute to France and to what has been a truly remarkable World Cup, we'll leave our live coverage.

    However, you can check out a full match report here.

    Don't forget to follow our dedicated World Cup website for all the reaction

    Thanks for following us, and goodbye. 

  • 17:37 GMT

    A fireworks display goes off around Luzhniki Stadium, somewhat subdued by the torrential rain but with the French players and fans still in high spirits. 

  • 17:31 GMT

    Finally France get their hands on the trophy as it pours down in Moscow! Golden ticker tape fills the air.

    France have been crowned World Cup champions for the second time. Allez Les Bleus. 

  • 17:28 GMT

    Torrential rain as France go up to collect their winners medals. Officials gallantly trying to hold an umbrella over Putin and others, but they are getting soaked. 

    They don't seem to mind though, with Macron happily shaking the hand of every French player. 

  • 17:25 GMT

    The heavens have opened now at Luzhniki as Croatia go up to collect their runners-up medals. 

  • 17:17 GMT

    The dignitaries are finally on the pitch, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, FIFA chief Gianni Infantino, and French leader Emmanuel Macron. 

    We have some awards to go through first though.

    French teen Mbappe is named young player of the tournament, while Luka Modric gets the Golden Ball for the best player. 

    Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot, although he isn't here in person to collect it, while Belgian stopper Thibaut Courtois - also absent - is announced as the Golden Glove winner.  

  • 17:14 GMT

    We're still waiting for France to actually lift the golden trophy here in Moscow. Pretty lengthy wait for the presentation ceremony to get going. 

  • 17:12 GMT

    STATS

    Here are the numbers from that enthralling final. 

  • 17:08 GMT

    Super-teen Mbappe 

    French 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe perhaps wasn't given full attacking rein today, but he got on the scoresheet - becoming the first teenager since Pele to do so in a World Cup final. Russia 2018 could be seen as a changing of the guard in future if this guy kicks on from here. 

  • 17:05 GMT

    French players tear around the pitch with tricolor flags. Olivier Giroud even braves the end where the Croatian fans are, holding up a hand of apology that is initially met with derision but his applause to the fans is then returned. Nice to see.