11 AM ET, France will take on surprise finalist Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final to bring the event to a close.
There were wild scenes of jubilation after Kylian Mbappe scored France's fourth goal.
France, which won its qualifying group to come into the tournament as a top-seeded team, fielded a ferocious defenseand, when needed, a scintillating offense in securing all of its World Cup wins in regulation.
France coach Didier Deschamps was thrown into the air by his players after becoming just the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.
Mandzukic pounced on a mistake by France keeper Hugo Lloris to cut the deficit in the 69th minute, making it the highest-scoring final over 90 minutes in 60 years, but Croatia could not find the net again in their first World Cup final.
The French are favourites to win the World Cup when they take on the Croatians at Luzhniki stadium but Deschamps is well aware they were also fancied to beat Portugal in the Euro 2016 final, which they lost. Croatia eked into the field as one of the last European teams to qualify, then ripped through its group before surviving an unprecedented run of three straight extra-time matches. We will face a high-quality opponent and they deserve as much credit as we do.
Both teams had to overcome stern tests in the semi-final. I can't make comparisons, I can't talk to them about players from 20 years ago or even 10 years ago.
France Predicted Team Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Pogba, Kante; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud. Croatia certainly felt hard done by but they had ample time to recover because, incredibly, it was still only halftime. Luckily, by the time the 31-year-old French stopper inexplicably tried to dribble around Mandzukic inside his own six-yard box, allowing the former Bayern Munich striker to score Croatia's second, two of France's undisputed stars had fired Les Bleus into a 4-1 lead in a ferocious six-minute exhibition of attacking verve.