France’s Road to the Final

Can Modric lead Croatia to their first-ever World Cup title

Can Modric lead Croatia to their first-ever World Cup title

France won their second title, following 1998 - when they had beaten Croatia 2-1 in the semi-finals - and made up for the disappointment of losing the 2006 final to Italy on penalties, and the Euro 2016 decider at home to Portugal.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup final will see France take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia.

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We have to imagine it's just a normal game and give everything on the pitch.

France and Croatia will do battle for the ultimate prize in world football when they go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup final this afternoon. And yes, that includes France's first and only in 1998.

"We took the hard path, probably we will be the only team at a World Cup to have played eight games to get to a final if you tally up all the minutes", admitted Dalic.

France have an abundance of technically gifted players, but Kylian Mbappe remains one of their greatest weapons.

Pavard has been such a revelation for France at FIFA World Cup 2018
Pavard has been such a revelation for France at FIFA World Cup 2018

CROATIA 2, ICELAND 1: Already qualified and facing an Iceland team that had to win, Croatia sends out a squad heavy with reserves and still earns its third victory with a 90th-minute goal from Ivan Perisic. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic's head was the 12th of the tournament.

Fans waved flags, honked horns and cheered their team with calls of "Allez les Bleus" as police tried to keep the elated crowd from spilling onto the street.

Croatia showed no early nerves and confidently dominated the action in the French half, without however threatening as Raphael Varane headed a cross out of danger ahead of Mandzukic. Meanwhile, France dispatched both Uruguay and Belgium without much drama in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively.

"Croatia's players have gained experience with their clubs, and they have been playing together for a while".

By far and away Croatias best performance at this World Cup came against two-time champions Argentina, who were blown away by Zlatko Dalics side.

Before half time Perisic put in a unsafe cross into the box but Ante Rebic couldn't quite get his shot right as they pushed for an equalizer and went close from two more set pieces before the break.

France led 2-1 at half time and extended the lead to 4-1 with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes before Mario Mandzukic pulled one back for the Croatians in the 69th following an error from goalkeeper Hugo Loris.

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