France – Croatia World Cup Final
The day I arrived is the grand finale of this 2018 edition. France faces Croatia this Sunday at 17h in Moscow. After some difficult first games, the Blues have quickly returned to their World Cup in the knockout stage. A win against Albiceleste in the round of 16, a boss victory against Uruguay and an exceptional semifinal against the Red Devils. Having acquired a defensive base over the competition following the outbreak of the Pogba-Kanté duo, Team France did not take a goal in the quarter and semifinals. A force on which the Blues will be able to count to well approach this final. This team is ramped up as the competition becomes a team that adapts very quickly to his opponent. For his future opponent, the way to reach the final was not easy. Three extra games in three games for Croatians. Drawing every game in their reserves to snatch the qualification, the players in the checkerboard may be diminished against the men of Didier Deshamps, but one thing is certain they have developed an impressive mental strength. The match against the Three Lions is the perfect example. Led 1-0 at the end of the 5th minute, Croatia managed to reverse the game. Interestingly, the Vatreni have been on the field for 6 hours since the 8th finals. It is perhaps the physical freshness that will make the difference in this World Cup final, long awaited by a country of 4.3 million inhabitants, independent for only a quarter of a century. So, can the Blues snatch their second world title?
France will participate in its third World Cup final in 20 years (1998, 2006, and now 2018).
The French team has never lost to Croatia in all competitions.
The Croatians played the equivalent of an extra match following the 3 previous extensions. Will they be tired?
The Blues were led only 9 minutes in this World Cup, it was in eighth against Argentina.
French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has stopped the last 7 shots he suffered in Russia. An impassable cage for Croats?
France will be able to count on N’Golo Kanté, who has recovered 48 balls since the start of the World Cup, more than any other field player in this competition.
In the semi-final of the 1998 edition of the World Cup, then held in France, France and Croatia had met. This match has become legendary for the French, but also for football lovers. By the two goals he scored in the game, defender defender Lilian Thuram had offered the qualification of the Blues for the final match. Twenty years later, these two teams meet again in the World Cup, but for a special meeting, since this is a final! The men of Didier Deschamps know what their goal, to win the Cup, to finally hang a second star on the tricolor jersey. Disappointed with the defeat in the final of the Euro two years ago, the Blues have no intention of letting slip this new trophy so prestigious. The selection Bleu Bleu Rouge knows its strengths, its power, it knows what it is capable of. She will do everything to win! The fight will be fierce all the same because the formation in front is Croatia, led by a Luka Modric outstanding. This selection on the checkered counts to seize his luck, but it may not be enough in the face of the determination of the French, and facing a Kylian Mbappé who will be at the top of his game.
Prediction of the Day: Under 2.5 goals in the match
Prediction Today: No Halftime
Prediction of the Day: No half time, France wins