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How players past and present reacted to France’s thrilling World Cup final win

Les Bleus secured their first world crown since 1998 at the Luzhniki Stadium.

France became world champions for the second time following a 4-2 victory against Croatia in a entertaining World Cup final in Moscow.

Mario Mandzukic’s own goal gave France the lead before a powerful Ivan Perisic strike levelled. The Croatian was then adjudged to have handled the ball in his side’s penalty area after a lengthy Video Assistant Referee review which allowed Antoine Griezmann to slot home from the spot.

Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored to increase Les Bleus’ lead before a Hugo Lloris howler allowed Mandzukic to pull one back.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how players past and present reacted to the thrilling finale in Russia, which included a dancing president and a former football great hinting at a comeback.

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