France wins World Cup, beats Croatia 4-2

Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

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MOSCOW — France has defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup in a final that featured a series of firsts, including an own goal and a penalty awarded after a video review. The match also featured a pitch invasion that Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for.

France led 2-1 at half time and extended the lead to 4-1 with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes.

Mario Mandzukic pulled one back for the Croatians in the 69th, thanks to a mental error by French goaltender Hugo Lloris.

France won its second World Cup title in its history. Croatia played in the World Cup final for the first time.

Earlier, Four pitch invaders disrupted the game in the 52nd minute for about a minute before being dragged away by security and police. Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion via social media, saying it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and to allow political competition in Russia.

The four people who charged onto the field in the 52nd minute simultaneously in what appeared to be old-fashioned police uniforms were tackled to the ground by stewards, but not before one shared a high five with a French player in the center circle.

Pussy Riot rose to global prominence with their daring outdoor performances critical of Russia President Vladimir Putin.

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