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    Thousands of fans gathered at the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe to revel in the country's World Cup championship.


    • France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy after France won 4-2 during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    • France’s Paul Pogba celebrates with the trophy after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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    • People celebrate on the Champs Elysees avenue with the Arc de Triomphe on background after France defeated Croatia in the final match at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    • People take the streets around the Arc de Triomphe to celebrate France’s World Cup victory over Croatia, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    • People take the streets around the Arc de Triomphe to celebrate France’s World Cup victory over Croatia, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    • Thiago Feller-Braga, 8, from France, cheers on his team during the World Cup Final. He was at the Great Park Championship Soccer Stadium where it played on a giant scoreboard in Irvine on Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    • France’s Olivier Giroud, left, and France’s Corentin Tolisso, center, celebrate after winning 4-2 in the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    • France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris holds the trophy aloft after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    • Soccer fans celebrate in the fan zone after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France fans did justice to their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate with cheers, stomping and song in an explosion of joy mimicked in cities around the nation. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    • Soccer fans celebrate in the fan zone near the Luzhniki stadium after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France fans did justice to their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate with cheers, stomping and song in an explosion of joy mimicked in cities around the nation. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    • Soccer fans celebrate in the fan zone after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France fans did justice to their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate with cheers, stomping and song in an explosion of joy mimicked in cities around the nation. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    • Fireworks explode near the Luzhniki stadium after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France fans did justice to their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate with cheers, stomping and song in an explosion of joy mimicked in cities around the nation. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    • France’s Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    • France’s Kylian Mbappe kisses the trophy after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    • France’s Olivier Giroud olds the trophy after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    • A supporter of the French soccer team jumps in front of the Eiffel Tower after France won the World Cup final between France and Croatia, Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Paris. France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 . (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

    • People react on the Champs Elysees avenue with the Arc de Triomphe on background, after France defeated Croatia in the final match at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    • MUN64-479. MOSCÚ (RUSIA), 15/07/2018.- El defensa francés Presnel Kimpembe (i) y el defensa francés Lucas Hernández celebran la victoria tras el partido Francia-Croacia, final del Mundial de Fútbol de Rusia 2018, en el Estadio Luzhnikí de Moscú, Rusia, hoy 15 de julio de 2018. EFE/Lavandeira jr

    • France’s Olivier Giroud, left, and his teammates celebrate at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    • France fans cheer during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    • France soccer fans cheer before the start of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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    Published on 15 Jul 2018 at 01:38PM

    Orange County Register France clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final Sunday in Moscow featuring a series of firsts, and a pitch invasion orchestrated by a Russian protest group. The field of 32 teams in the 2018 World Cup Tournament has been narrowed down to the final two teams. Follow along here for live updates on Croatia vs. France. Los Angles Football Club will host Portland, unbeaten in its previous 13 contests, Sunday in MLS action, then again Wednesday in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal. Belgians earns highest World Cup finish while England equals its best World Cup result since winning it all for the only time in 1966.








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