15:00 GMT 15 July 2018
The France vs. Croatia match will be played on Sunday, July 15, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. This is the World Cup final. In the semis, France defeated Belgium by 1:0, while Croatia was better than England by 2:1 after extra time.
These teams played five games against each other so far. France recorded three victories, while two matches ended in a draw. They played at World Cup once, in 1998. France recorded 2:1 victory in the semifinal, and went on to win the title afterward. At EURO 2004 played in Portugal, the result was 2:2.
Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann are the leaders of the French team, while Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante are midfield commanders and almost nobody can get past them. France was defeated in EURO final against Portugal, but they are now more experienced, and it seems, better team. Coach Didier Deschamps managed to form a stable team with impeccable team spirit, and the most of sports pundits agreed that they are the favorites to win the title in Russia.
Latest matches: France
Croatia showed unbelievable mental strength, after winning the first two matches in the knockout phase on penalties, and the semis after extra time. We don't know if they had enough time to rest and regroup, and will that take its toll against the physically dominant French team. Luka Modric showed that he is one of the best midfielders in the game in this tournament, but he will need help from Ivan Rakitic and other teammates or Croatia won't get a desired result in the final.
Latest matches: Croatia
France is definitely a favorite in the upcoming game. However, we shouldn't underestimate Croatian will and energy. We will see if they truly have a heart of a champion.
15 July 2018 - 15:00 GMT
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