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France vs Croatia, ultimate guide, preview, start time, teams

France vs Croatia, ultimate guide, preview, start time, teams France vs Croatia, ultimate guide, preview, start time, teams
Diane Mills | 16 July, 2018, 06:36

The final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.

Deschamps, who was captain of the side that won the 1998 World Cup in France, also said the side were keeping their feet on the floor.

One final game changing performance for either player, and their side could be on their way to winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup title and with it, the Jules Rimet trophy.

Croatia pushed hard late on to try and pull another back as Rakitic dragged wide and they sent in plenty of crosses but France held on to win their second World Cup trophy.

France will have the heartbreak of losing the Euro 2016 final two years ago as an extra source of motivation, too.

Croatia has been crossing the ball into France's penalty area with increasing frequency.

Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Raphael Varane have the chance to do something Sunday only 10 players have done in the history of the game: win the Champions League and the World Cup in the same year.

France vs Croatia, ultimate guide, preview, start time, teams
France vs Croatia, ultimate guide, preview, start time, teams

The Croatians may not have the raw talent of France but have shown that they have the determination, work rate, and composure to perhaps cause a final upset.

Just 18 minutes into a first half that they had utterly dominated, Mario Mandzukic, the hero of the last-four victory over England, became the first man to ever score an own goal in a World Cup final by flicking a free-kick that never should have been given past Danijel Subasic. And yes, that includes France's first and only in 1998. There is a reason why no team has ever taken this path to the final before - there is only so many miles men can run before they collapse. Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba found the net for France while Mile Jedinak scored the only goal for the Socceroos.

They beat Australia by 2-1 and Peru by 1-0, and subsequently, booked their spot in the round of 16 post a goalless draw against Denmark. Griezmann went down easily to win a free kick and he whipped the ball in and Mandzukic flicked the ball into his own goal to put France 1-0 up.

They needed penalties to beat Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before edging out England 2-1 with an extra-time victor from Mario Mandzukic.

"The Croats had a very hard match and they were behind".

"It's a huge pleasure and privilege to play in such a match, there's nothing more handsome as a professional football player than to play in the World Cup final", he told reporters on Saturday. But they also go into the clash after three tense and tiring extra-times, two of which they won thanks to a penalty shootout.

"We have some minor injuries, minor problems, and I hope my players will be ready".

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