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Moscow – France won their second Soccer World Cup 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.

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The breathless 4-2 victory under stormy skies at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deschamps’ side – balancing youthful vitality and tournament nous – have buried the pain of their defeat in the Euro 2016 final on home soil.

For Croatia, a country of just four million people, the loss spells bitter pain but fans at home will celebrate the best run in the nation’s history, which featured a stunning win against Argentina and a semi-final victory against England.

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France captain Hugo Lloris lifted the World Cup trophy as torrential rain fell, mixing with a shower of glitter.

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