How France won the World Cup

I don't know of a smaller country in a World Cup final.

President Emmanuel Macron, whose enthusiasm soared with each goal as France marched toward World Cup victory on Sunday, expressed his thanks to the young team on Twitter after congratulating the players on the pitch in Moscow.

So how did the French do it?

The football-loving 40-year-old leapt to his feet to celebrate France's goals as he attended the game in Moscow alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

France overpowered Croatia 4-2 to lift the trophy and Deschamps became only the third man, after Brazil's Mario Zagallo and German Franz Beckenbauer to win it both as player and coach.

"Some players played with minor injuries with which they would not have played some other games".

"Congratulations to @equipedefrance for the World Cup title and second star after a great tournament - and great respect for #Croatia, a team that never gives up #FRACRO #WorldCupFinal2018". And boy, was he worth waiting for.

Two and a half years ago, Kylian Mbappé could only dream about becoming a professional but tonight, the 19-year-old is a World Cup victor and has scored a goal in a World Cup final.

Croatia forward Mandzukic would have been hoping to make headlines for scoring in a World Cup final, but not the first own goal.

That game was against France as well, and back then they were defeated too. But when France look back at this World Cup, they may say that without Kylian Mbappe they would not have won the tournament, and that is surely the highest praise any player can receive.

Croatia have played 90 more minutes and had a day's less rest than the French ahead of the final.

"But that in no way diminishes France's win.

I am really happy", he said.

Mario Mandzukic typified their efforts, running himself into the ground in the lone striker role but taking his chance to score the victor clinically when it presented itself almost 20 minutes into extra time.