France wins 2018 World Cup final – The Hollywood Reporter
France won their second World Cup title on Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow with a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot.
France led 2-1 at half-time, thanks to the first goal against their own camp and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. Mario Mandzukic’s own goal from the top of the head was the 12th in the tournament. That’s double the previous World Cup record of six.
Croatia rallied to equalize on a superb left-footed shot from Ivan Perisic, but France regained the lead when Perisic returned the ball to the box. Argentina referee Nestor Pitana initially did not call up the handball but awarded the kick after video criticism. Antoine Griezmann transformed the penalty to put France in front.
Four pitch invaders disrupted play in the 52nd minute for about a minute before being taken away by security and police. Punk rock band Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the invasion of the pitch via social media, claiming it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and allowing political competition in Russia.
The game resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes before Mario Mandzukic added one for the Croats in the 69th.
Croatia were playing their first World Cup final. For France, it was their first World Cup title since winning at home in 1998.