Germany were put under immense pressure from a Netherlands side seeking a winner but the visitors snatched victory in the 90th minute through Nico Schulz.
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Luka Modric won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo was second, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann completing the podium.
Luka Modric will be hoping to finally end the 10-year Ballon d'Or duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
England scored twice in the last 12 minutes to register a dramatic victory over Croatia.
Croatia will now head to London with a spring in their step while Spain are left to ponder back-to-back defeats under their new coach Luis Enrique.
Zinedine Zidane stepped down as coach after leading Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles, while Cristiano Ronaldo ended his nine-year association with Spanish giants.
Modric's success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA's award in different guises five times each.
France and Belgium ended up with the identical number of points to finish joint toppers.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who like Lionel Messi is a five-time winner of the award.
FIFA said its new formula relied on adding or subtracting points, depending on the results of matches, rather than averaging points over a given period of time.
The Moscow City Court upheld their 15-day sentences in police cells for breaching rules.
The first 58 matches garnered a viewership of 194.1 million impressions.
When football's rising star Kylian Mbappe scored France's fourth goal in their World Cup final against Croatia to become the youngest player since Pele to score in a final, fans sent more tweets than at any other point during the tournament.
The FIFA World Cup 2018-winning French team returned home to a heroes' welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country's newest idols
France's World Cup-winning heroes arrived to a raucous welcome at Charles De Gaulle airport northeast of Paris.
A crowd estimated at more than 100,000 thronged the capital's main square.