Moscow: Kylian Mbappe and France gave an exciting show by winning the World Cup title. All that Russian President Vladimir Putin could remember is the protest of Pussy Riot.
Mbappe, 19, became the second teenager after Pele scored in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.
Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when the game was stopped by four demonstrators who rushed to the field in the second half. Russian punk band Pussy Riot later claimed the merit of the incident, seen from the VIP seats of Putin, whose government once imprisoned members of the activist group.
About 12 minutes after the game resumed, Mbappe sent a right-footed shot past Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
The only other teenager to score in a World Cup final was Pele, who was 17 when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958.
Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league, was born months after France won its only World Cup title in 1998 for the first time.
Putin was later on the field during a downpour to award medals to the players. The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, gave the captain of France, Hugo Lloris, the trophy of the World Cup.
Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, the other two key players from France, also scored at the Luzhniki Stadium.
But it was Mbappe who put the game out of reach with a furious step in the second half. In the 59th, a race by Mbappe started a play that ended with Pogba on the edge of the penalty area. With his second attempt, the midfielder curved his shot past Subasic.
Mbappe then scored, his fourth of the tournament, to make it 4-1.
Griezmann scored from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after a video review. About four minutes after his corner kick was eliminated, the referee ruled that Ivan Perisic had handled the ball on the way.
France took the lead in the 18th when the highest field player in Croatia, Mario Mandzukic, of 1.90 meters (6 feet) tall, got up to receive Griezmann’s free kick with his head. He inadvertently sent him past his own goalkeeper.
Perisic and Mandzukic scored for Croatia, first to equalize in the 28th minute and later as a consolation goal in the 69th minute, embarrassing Lloris with a scraped shot when the France goalkeeper tried to dribble the ball out of his goal.
France coach Didier Deschamps became the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach. Mario Zagallo from Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer from Germany are the others.