France kicks aside Croatia to claim second World Cup crown

15 July, 2018, 21:37 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • The Croatia team return from the World Cup in Russia- Zagreb,Croatia

As the game ended they couldn't hide sadness but many said they were happy at what Croatia has achieved.

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Didier Deschamps has warned his France players they must be calm, confident and keep their concentration in Sunday's World Cup final against Croatia in Moscow.

That goal left Croatia reeling, and France appeared out of sight when Mbappe became the first teenager since Pele in 1954 to score in a World Cup final, rifling an effort past Subasic from range.

Les Blues will undoubtedly be looking to Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to get the goals, with both players registering three goals each.

In a tight-knit game it was Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti who made the difference, leaping above Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini to head home the victor.

General view of Croatia fans with flares during the parade. Reuters
General view of Croatia fans with flares during the parade. Reuters

Tonight, the Croatian team played better football, but France were more efficient, perhaps even more intelligent. For France, this is an opportunity to lift their second World Crown, having previously won the title on home soil in 1998.

TEAM NEWS France and Croatia go into World Cup final with the same starting line-ups as in their semi-final wins over Belgium and England respectively. They needed penalties to beat Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before edging out England 2-1 with an extra-time victor from Mario Mandzukic. Croatia eked into the field as one of the last European teams to qualify, then ripped through its group before surviving an unprecedented run of three straight extra-time matches. The center back pairing of Verane & Umtiti has been rock solid, and again will be crucial if France are to go all the way again. We will face a high-quality opponent and they deserve as much credit as we do. The 19-year-old's cross found Griezmann in the box who calmly laid it back to Pogba who had made up ground to reach the edge of the box.

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalić has also selected the same team that beat England in the semi-final.

Les Bleus took the lead via Mario Mandzukic's own goal but Croatia equalized when Ivan Perisic drilled home a beauty.

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.


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