To get to the finals, Croatia had to put up with a resolute challenge from the Three Lions of England, but goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic was all they needed to win the match in extra time.
The French, fresh from their high-class semi-final 1-0 victory over Belgium, could not cope with the volume of play from Croatia, who were led as usual by sublime playmaker Luka Modric, who was a popular victor of the Golden Ball for player of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Croatia was one of this year's World Cup's most notable underdogs.
There was also a hint of offside from the goal which so easily could have been ruled out.
Kylian Mbappe comes of age Kylian Mbappe (centre) produced another impressive display against Croatia.
Africa did not have a representative in the knockout stages of this year's World Cup after Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt were all eliminated during the group stage.
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A combination of file pictures shows Belgium and England fans during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament. With the chance to win the World Cup gone, a third place finish is nothing but a consolation for the losing semi-finalists.
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Aging players have set records, too.
Macron and his wife Brigitte met the Russian leader at the Kremlin on Sunday afternoon before the match between France and Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Mexico veteran Rafael Marquez became the first player picked in a starting 11 at five World Cups.
France are now officially World Cup holders after beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.
"Of course, we are downcast, but I told them "hold your heads up high".
Neville admitted the penalty call left "a bit of a cloud" over the result but was in no doubt that France deserved their second World Cup crown. France took a 4-1 lead midway through the second half of the final and it was pretty much over from there. Les Bleus won 2-1 to advance to the final, which they won over Brazil on home soil. Compare that with 2006, when 28 reds were issued including four in one game when Portugal beat the Netherlands. I'll take a breather, I never take decisions overnight.