For one day, at least, the world managed to put aside its differences and celebrate a game beloved across the planet, honoring the two teams that made it to the final championship with thanks and gratitude.
The 2018 World Cup final brought moments of drama, political protests, celebration, controversy on at least one call, and ultimately, a celebration of human spirit and national unity that is rarely achieved outside of sports.
Crowds packed the lawns beneath the Eiffel Tower, and on the other side of the Seine River, more fans poured onto streets around the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. Car horn honking was the way many celebrated in the seconds after France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.
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