2018 FIFA World Cup:
MOSCOW (AP) A World Cup of surprises concludes with a final of contrasts.
Powered by the dynamism of Kylian Mbappe, France has youthful exuberance in a side packed with some of soccers highest-value talent. It also has pedigree winners in 1998 and finalists in 2006.
Croatia has a veteran roster that has been stretched to the limit but continues to win in Russia. The Croats never give in, prevailing in a shootout against Denmark, again on penalties against Russia after being stung by a late equalizer and then recovering from conceding early against England.