France vs Croatia, World Cup 2018 final: What time
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H1. What is it?
h1. What date is the World Cup 2018 final?
Today – Sunday, July 15, 2018.
h2. What time does is kick-off?
The final will kick off at 4pm BST. That’s 6pm local time if you’re in Russia.
h3. Where will the final take place?
The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the finale to the 2018 World Cup. Russia’s sporting Mecca has previously hosted the 1980 Olympics, 1999 Uefa Cup Final and 2008 Champions League Final.
UK viewers will be able to choose between ITV and the BBC – adverts or no adverts?
h4. What TV channel is it on?
UK viewers will be able to choose between ITV and the BBC – adverts or no adverts?
h5. Which teams will feature?
France were the first to reach the tournament finale after overcoming Belgium in Tuesday’s semi-final. Samuel Umtiti’s goal settled the tie, but Kylian Mbappe again starred on the biggest stage to guide Les Bleus to Moscow.
Meanwhile, Croatia came from behind to beat England in extra timeand reach their first-ever World Cup final. For England and Belgium, it’s Saturday’s third-place place-off.. How do I get tickets and what are the prices?
Unfortunately, but probably not surprisingly, the World Cup Final is currently sold out, but if any tickets become available on resale they will cost £750, £485 and £311 for the various categories.
h7. What is the World Cup final ball?
Adidas introduced a different version of its World Cup Telstar ball for the knockout rounds, but we are yet to find out whether there will be a special edition for Sunday’s final.
h8. What happened in 2014?
Over to the Telegraph’s then Football Correspondent, Henry Winter:
“Germany deservedly lifted the World Cup because of a moment of brilliance from Mario Götze – Mario de Janeiro – because of the team’s resilience and intelligence,
because of the tackling of the outstanding Jérôme Boateng and because Bastian Schweinsteiger kept going even when battered by Argentine tackles, even when bruised,
even when bloodied as his cheek was opened up.
“Schweinsteiger was the best player on the pitch, spilling sweat and blood for the cause.
Read his full match report here.
h9. What is our prediction?
Croatia, once again, were very impressive in their win over England, finding another gear to outclass Gareth Southgate’s side.
But this World Cup looks destined to be heading to France, with Mbappe continuing to impress on the biggest stage.
France vs Croatia combined XI: Kylian Mbappe and
Luka Modric included but who else is selected
H2. France and Croatia have reached the World Cup final with a series of fine team performances, entwined with some exemplary individual displays.
Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic have helped guide their respective nations to the Moscow showcase and will fight to be the face of the final on Sunday.
But when it comes to a combined XI, which of the two countries dominates? Based on the performances purely in this tournament, we’ve put together a team which reflects their displays. Sharpen your knives.
h1. Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris
The golden glove winner in waiting has been superb in Russia this summer and made terrific saves in the knock-out wins over Uruguay and Belgium to help Les Blues reach the final.
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h2. Right-back – Sime Vrsaljko
The Atletico Madrid defender has provided an outlet on the right and was superb in the semi-final against England despite suffering from injury.
h3. Centre-back – Raphael Varane
His header helped edge France through a tough quarter-final against Uruguay but his defensive efforts have been far more valuable. Probably the best all-round defender in the world right now.
h4. Centre-back – Domagoj Vida
Away from the Bond villain comparisons and his politically motivated statements, Vida has been non-nonsense in Russia alongside Dejan Lovren. An old-school defender happy to put his foot, and head, in where it hurts.
h5. Left-back – Ivan Strinic:
Another full-back who has balanced his attacking and defensive responsibilities perfectly. Produced lung-busting displays against Russia and England down the left flank and nullified Mario Fernandes and Kieran Trippier.
h6. Centre-midfield – N’Golo Kante:
The Chelsea man has underpinned France’s resilient performances and their four clean sheets with him in the team. Didier Deschamps has finally found balance in his midfield but it hasn’t come at the expensive of nullifying Kante’s combative style.
h7. Centre-midfield – Luka Modric:
One of the contenders for the golden ball award after orchestrating Croatia’s run to the final. Ontop of his creative abilities, Modric has shown himself to be resilient and remarkably strong during three extra time periods.
h8. Centre-midfield – Ivan Rakitic:
The Barcelona schemer may not have had the attacking impact he has with his club but the control he has exerted in midfield has been key to stemming the attacking flow from their opponents.
h9. Right wing – Kylian Mbappe:
France have offered little fluidity going forward but when they have, Mbappe has been central to it. He announced himself to the global stage with two goals against Argentina and was terrific in the win over Belgium.
h10. Centre-forward – Mario Mandzukic:
Perhaps the most selfless player in either squad. Has run his heart out for Croatia in the knock-out stage and got his reward with a fine strike in extra-time to beat England.
h11. Ivan Perisic – Left wing:
In truth not has not had his best tournament but has come up with important contributions at vital times. Has always look dangerous with the ball at his feet and has ensured full-backs have always been occupied in the final third.
World Cup Final 2018 team news: France vs Croatia
injury updates ahead of Moscow showdown
France and Croatia are expected to go into the World Cup final with a clean bill of health as the two sides prepare to do battle in Moscow on Sunday.
There had been a question mark over Blaise Matuidi for the French after he was forced off after impressing in the semi-final following a heavy collision with Eden Hazard.
Matuidi appeared dazed after the incident but he is not believed to have suffered concussion and is in line to start for Didier Deschamps’ side.
Ivan Perisic, who scored the leveller against England, missed training on Friday and is reportedly nursing a knock.
Centre-back Domagoj Vida will definitely be available after being cleared by FIFA over a video in which he appears to again say: “Glory to Ukraine!”
Marcelo Brozovic is in line to keep his place after a stand-out performance against the Three Lions.
Ivan Rakitic played 120 minutes in the semi-final despite suffering from a fever the previous night – and insists nothing will keep him from playing against France.
“I was lying in bed finding the strength to play and it was worth it,” Rakitic said after the semi-final win.
“I would play a final without a leg if necessary.”
France vs. Croatia World Cup final prediction:
Determining edge in defense, midfield, attack, more
France and Croatia will face off in the World Cup final this Sunday after winning their semifinals matches, and it’s a contest that is loaded with talent.
Even the average soccer fan knows just how stacked France is, but Croatia is a team that also has its fair share of superstars who have helped carry this team.
But which has the edge when it comes to the different lines and more? Let’s break the matchup down piece by piece.
Why: Both teams have some fantastic players, 10 of which play in what I think is the top league in the world, La Liga. But there’s no doubt France has more talent.
From young star Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann up top to a midfield led by one of the best central defensive midfielders in the world in N’Golo Kante alongside Paul Pogba, the team is superb.
Why: Look, I think Danijel Subasic is a fine goalkeeper. He’s been so good for Monaco over the years and can pull off some massive saves.
He’s also shown how good he can be against penalty kicks, but Hugo Lloris is of a different breed.
Why: Umtiti and Varane are simply bigger, stronger and better than Domagoj Vida and Lovren. The Croatian defense isn’t a bad pair by any means, but France’s is so much quicker and better.
Why: I love what Kante brings, and he can stop Luka Modric. He’s that good. But Modric and Rakitic are top-tier midfielders and better in attack than France is. While France has the edge defensively in the middle, it doesn’t have an edge in attack.
Why: Griezmann is great, Olivier Giroud is solid, Kylian Mbappe is a superstar, but Croatia is complete in the final third as well. The Croatians don’t have a player in attack better than Griezmann or Mbappe — they really don’t have anyone close — but they are so dangerous with Mario Mandzukic’s poacher ability and Ivan Perisic on the wing.
Why: Didier Deschamps is more experienced and the bigger name, and he’s gotten his team to finally play well, but Zlatko Dalic has worked wonders at Croatia.
France is just too talented, and they are on a roll. The country wins its second World Cup crown in regulation, with a dynamic attack threatening time and time against until a late winner comes from Kylian Mbappe.
France 2, Croatia 1.
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