FIFA world cup final 2018- France vs Croatia Match Highlights:
- France and Croatia will play the final on 15th July, Sunday
- The match will start at 8:30 pm IST and telecasted on Sony Ten 1, 2/HD and Sony ESPN
- This is Croatia’s first ever final
A month-long extravaganza is set to culminate with the two best teams this year fighting it out one last time at the Fifa world cup final. France and Croatia will take on each other in the last match of the world cup in a bid to lift the coveted, shining golden, diamond-encrusted trophy which is more than just the holy grail of all footballers and supporters over the world. The two beat Belgium and England to book their place in the FIFA world cup final this Sunday.
Come the 15th, Moscow will be lit up in a vivid display of colours, fireworks and music as French as Croatian fans along with football lovers from more than a 100 countries throng to the stadium to watch the final match of the best tournament in the world. And what better stadium to host it than the Luzhniki Stadium. With a capacity of more than 75,000, the iconic stadium located in Russia’s capital will be buzzing with a wall of French supporters decked in blue and white and Croatians covered in their traditional red and white laying siege to the stadium.
It is only just enough that these two European nations get a chance at the biggest prize. Not only have they been the best sides throughout the tournament, leaving the likes of Argentina, Belgium, England and Uruguay among other giants reeling behind in their dust, they have also been the true example of teamwork. While stars like Ronaldo, Hazard, Messi, Isco, Kane and an entire list of superstars couldn’t carry their team to the final, France and Croatia showed that at the end of the day teamwork makes the dream work. With just odds of 8% and 6% of winning the trophy, determination and resilience paired with astute footballing knowledge and miraculous performances has given the two one dream chance of doing what few believed.
So what will be the key battles when these two take the pitch in three days time. With both the sides boasting of the best midfielders in the world, the game will more or less be won in the middle of the park. While Modric, Rakitic and Perisic will try to unlock France’s centre, Kante, Matuidi and Pogba will be up to the task. Having the best statistics when it comes to interceptions and tackles, the tiny and mercurial Chelsea midfielder Kante will be ever so pivotal to France’s chance. Close down the best midfielder in the world Luka Modric and half the battle is won for the French. What is good news for Croatia is the superb showing of Remic and Mandzukic. The two have been in good nick of late and will be looking to occupy the French defence on the night. France on the other hand have their own aces. Mbappé has torched teams with his blistering pace and paired with Griezmann and Giroud this attack can win any match on their own merit. A final worthy of the ages, this will be a tight match, closely contested and tactically fought off the pitch as much on it. We predict a 2-1 win for France.
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