France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final

World Cup 2018: The Most Memorable Photos

The 2018 World Cup delivered a plethora of defining moments — unbelievable upsets, gravity-defying saves, last-gasp heroics, heart-stopping penalty shootouts. You name it, this tournament had it. Of the hundreds of thousands photos taken in Russia, here are our picks for 30 to remember for years to come.

SEALED WITH A KISS Matthias Hangst/Getty Images SEALED WITH A KISS Kylian Mbappe plants one on the World Cup trophy. LA VICTOIRE! Shaun Botterill/Getty Images LA VICTOIRE! France lift the World Cup trophy for the second time in history after a 4-2 victory over Croatia. KROOS' HEROICS Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images KROOS' HEROICS Germany made an early exit, but not before Toni Kroos came through with a jaw-dropping game-winner in the final seconds against Sweden

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EXTRA SPECIAL Michael Heiman - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images EXTRA SPECIAL Mario Mandzukic's extra-time goal sealed Croatia's 2-1 semifinal victory over England. PHOTO OP YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images PHOTO OP Mandzukic got tackled by teammates after the goal — and photographer Yuri Cortez couldn't have been closer. CRYING NEYMAR Patrick Smith - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images CRYING NEYMAR The Brazilian superstar let it all out after a nerve-racking victory over Costa Rica in the group stage. IT'S NOT COMING HOME Shaun Botterill/Getty Images IT'S NOT COMING HOME England's inspiring run came to an end at the hands of Croatia, leaving the Three Lions players devastated. WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Shaun Botterill/Getty Images WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Olivier Giroud gave Samuel Umtiti a warm reception after his goal against Belgium. PHOTO FINISH Clive Rose/Getty Images PHOTO FINISH Neymar slides in Brazil's opening goal against Mexico. DOUBLE THE FUN Dan Mullan/Getty Images DOUBLE THE FUN Teammates that celebrate together, stay together. KICK SAVE Joosep Martinson - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images KICK SAVE A mind-blowing penalty save sent Russia to the quarterfinal, and made goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev a national hero. VICTORY DANCE Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images VICTORY DANCE A win over Poland called for an impromptu dance party by Senegal. SLIDING INTO STARDOM Catherine Ivill/Getty Images SLIDING INTO STARDOM Kylian Mbappe takes another step to global superstar with a goal against Argentina in the round of 16. EL MATADOR! Julian Finney/Getty Images EL MATADOR! Edinson Cavani skies to head in a beautiful cross from Luis Suarez to open up the scoring in Uruguay's round of 16 win over Portugal. DOUBLE EAGLE Clive Rose/Getty Images DOUBLE EAGLE Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri shows the double-headed eagle in tribute to his native Albania, an act that stirred controversy. THE BEAUTIFUL GAME Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images THE BEAUTIFUL GAME France's Kylian Mbappe takes a corner against Peru under a gorgeous night sky. THIGH MASTER Maddie Meyer/Getty Images THIGH MASTER Cristiano Ronaldo flexes his celebration muscles after scoring against Morocco. FIRST IMPRESSION Ryan Pierse/Getty Images FIRST IMPRESSION Iceland keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson achieves national hero status after stopping a penalty kick from Lionel Messi in his team's historic draw with Argentina. HARRY'S HEADER Dan Mullan/Getty Images HARRY'S HEADER England got off to a dream start in their quarterfinal against Sweden thanks to a beautiful header by Harry Maguire. ASPAS' FLICK Richard Heathcote/Getty Images ASPAS' FLICK Iago Aspas' beat Morocco keeper Monir El Kajoui with one of the most stunning goals of the tournament. PICKFORD'S SAVE Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images PICKFORD'S SAVE England keeper Jordan Pickford became a household name with this dramatic penalty save in England's round of 16 victory over Colombia. HAPPY MESSI... Alex Livesey/Getty Images HAPPY MESSI... Lionel Messi makes it 1-0 in Argentina's do-or-die match with Nigeria. ...SAD MESSI Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ...SAD MESSI The joy was short lived, as Argentina was bounced by France in the round of 16. EARLY EXIT Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images EARLY EXIT Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller show how all of Germany was feeling after the defending champions' shocking loss to South Korea. THE AUDACITY! Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images THE AUDACITY! When they go high, Colombia's Juan Quintero goes low, putting this audacious free kick underneath the wall against Japan. SUAREZ SCORES Ryan Pierse/Getty Images SUAREZ SCORES A fired-up Luis Suarez gives Uruguay a 1-0 lead in a win over Saudi Arabia. HEART-BREAKER Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images HEART-BREAKER Belgium's last-second winner devastates Japan. FINISH HIM! Carl Court/Getty Images FINISH HIM! Vincent Kompany goes in hard against Japan in the round of 16. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? An emotional Romelu Lukaku celebrates Belgium's quarterfinal win over Brazil.



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