Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

France defeats Croatia in World Cup final

France defeats Croatia in World Cup final

Dalic's men go into the Moscow showdown having overcome semi-final opponents England in extra time, meaning they've gone the distance in all of their knockout matches.

France last won the World Cup on home soil in 1998.

It's easy to watch Croatia vs. France in the World Cup finals for free.

Croatia got off to a winning start for the first time at a World Cup since 1998 with a comfortable victory over Nigeria.

Belgium's players criticized the tactics France used in their 1-0 semifinal win as Didier Deschamps' team sat deep and Samuel Umtiti's headed goal came from a corner, but Griezmann dismissed the criticism.

"I know the taste of defeat in a final". You can join the world and watch France vs Croatia live online streaming with or without cable on either the Fox Sports or Telemundo (Spanish) TV channels at 11 am EST / 8 am PST.

"We'll approach it differently and hope that we play really well and win it".

France and Croatia will vie for the biggest prize in world football in Moscow on Sunday, but where will the match be won or lost?

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

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.

France have been solid in defence throughout the tournament, their thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 aside. Yet Croatia swept all three teams by a combined score of 7-1, allowing only a single goal in three matches.

"I was saying this would be the best World Cup ever". Under FIFA's strict colour-clashing policy, Croatia would not be able to wear their black and navy blue even if they wanted to.

Matuidi will play on the left of the midfield, tracking back while Griezmann stays forward, in a system that can fluently switch between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, with Mbappé on the right wing.

Croatia - the smallest nation to make it to the final since Uruguay in 1950 - have battled through three periods of extra-time to reach the final.

Croatia then went on to play in three consecutive extra time games, coming out victorious with penalty kicks against Denmark and Russian Federation before toppling England in 120 minutes in the semi-finals. We have to leave emotions aside and give more than we've given on the pitch in the previous matches because it's the cup final.

Then they hit form, sweeping aside Argentina in a match which announced to the world that Mbappe is set to be an global superstar as he scored twice and outshone Lionel Messi.

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