France, Croatia battle for World Cup glory
France and Croatia will bring the curtain down on the Russia world cup 2018 Final match when they meet in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday, July 15, kick-off at 17h00 CAT.
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France advanced into their third World Cup final after they defeated Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday night, with Samuel Umtiti’s header proving decisive.
‘Les Bleus’ have only sporadically hit top gear through the tournament, and their semi-final showing was one of efficiency and solidarity, rather than a demonstration of attacking prowess – yet this will please Didier Deschamps, who is by nature a conservative manager and is looking to become just the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach.
Croatia comes into the final with a newfound reputation as the ‘marathon men’ of Russia 2018. Each of their knockout matches has gone a full 120 minutes, though at least on Wednesday night they were spared a third successive penalty shootout, as Mario Mandzukic’s 109th-minute goal secured a come-from-behind 2-1 win over England.
Zlatko Delic’s side has shown incredible resilience, stamina and mental strength. They may not possess the sheer talent of France, but their ability to control a match through midfield and remain solid at the back gives ‘The Blazers’ a great chance of becoming just the ninth different nation to lift the World Cup trophy.
France VS Croatia
In head-to-head terms, France and Croatia have met in five matches, according to FIFA’s statistics database. ‘Les Bleus’ boast an unbeaten record in the sequence, with three wins and two draws.
The teams have met in one previous World Cup match – a 2-1 win for France in a semifinal in Saint-Denis in July 1998 – while their most recent clash overall was a friendly in March 2011 at the same venue which ended in a goalless stalemate.
France has the greater skill and pedigree heading into this match, and their players should be fresher too, making them the favorites. Yet Croatia’s momentum and belief make them more than capable of claiming a first World Cup title.
France v Croatia – head-to-head
Matches played 5
France wins 3
Croatia wins 0
France goals 9
Croatia goals 3
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup is almost done. Just two more matches, including the big final on Sunday between France and Croatia. But how can you watch in English or Spanish?
In the United States, Fox has the rights for the tournament in English, while Telemundo has the Spanish broadcasting rights. Fox will air in English and Telemundo will air in Spanish. You can stream all the games through Sky Sports Box (try for free).
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Event: 2018 World Cup
Network: Sky Box Office
Venue: Luzhniki Stadium
Location: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Event Date: Sun, 7/15, 11:00 AM
Soccer world cup 2018 Final match
What is it?
The 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia.
What date is the World Cup 2018 final?
This year, the 21st football world cup 2018 Final match be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
What time does is kick-off?
The final will kick off at 4pm BST. That’s 6pm local time if you’re in Russia.
Russia World cup Final match
What a wonderful summer of soccer we’ve enjoyed (unless you’re German). Russia 2018 has been one of the most spellbinding FIFA World Cups in living memory, but it’s drawing to a climax. All we have left now is France vs Croatia final and the third-place playoff and you’ve come to the right place to find out how to live stream every last joyous, heartbreaking minute of what remains of the Russia 2018 World Cup absolutely free and regardless of where you live.
So it’s France vs Croatia then. Probably not the final anybody had expected when Russia 2018 kicked off a month ago, but arguably the two best teams at this year’s FIFA World Cup.
Didier Deschamps’ France would undeniably be uttered in that breath. Kylian Mbappé has lit up the festival of football, ably assisted by the likes of Antoine Griezmann and the incredible defensive work of N’Golo Kanté. France blew Belgium away in the semi-finals and will go into Sunday’s final as obvious favorites.
But Croatia’s midfield axis of Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić has been the linchpin of a very talented side and a lot of fans’ dark horses at the start of Russia 2018. Add in the threat of striker Mario Mandžukić and wily attacking of Ivan Perišić, and you have an eleven that could still seriously test the French.
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