France eye second World Cup title against Croatia

France eye second World Cup title against Croatia
Samuel Umtiti (L)of France celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 semi final soccer match between France and Belgium in St.Petersburg, Russia, 10 July 2018.

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 15, 2018. 16:00

France will battle with Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

The Blues reached the final after defeating Belgium 1-0 at the Krestovsky Stadium on Tuesday.

They are back in the final for the since the 2006 World Cup which was hosted by Germany.

France, who are undefeated at this year's competition, will be hoping to win the World Cup for the second time since the inception of the global tournament in 1930.

Kylian Mbappe has been the best young player at this year's tournament and he will look to inspire Didier Deschamps' side to victory against Croatia.

Meanwhile, Croatia progressed into the final after defeating England 2-1 in extra-time at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

The Blazers, who are also undefeated at this year's tournament, are set to make their first ever appearance in the World Cup final.

Croatia are looking to make history by winning their maiden title - becoming the ninth country to win global competition.

Mario Mandzukic and Luka Modric are important players in the Blazers squad and they will be keen to inspire their nation to victory.

In head-to-head stats according to the FIFA.com, France and Croatia have locked horns five times.

The Blues have won 3 matches, while the other two games ended in a draw.

Argentine match referee Nestor Pitana will be in charge of Sunday’s clash between France and Croatia.




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