Croatia & France fans fill Moscow ahead of World Cup final

Angelo Anderson
July 15, 2018

The Croatian community will be hosting a gathering at a church basement, while the French community will be attending the embassy of France Sunday at 11 a.m.

He officiated the tournament's first game Russian Federation played against Saudi Arabia and he will be only the second referee to officiate both the opening and closing games of a World Cup. Another Herculean effort could just be beyond Croatia. If he gets a foothold against Kante and the ever impressive Paul Pogba France will worry. They are very good also in the team.

Left-back Ivan Strinic and right-back Sime Vrsaljko are nearly certain to start.

In French eyes, Croatia are looking ominously like Portugal did two summers ago.

Against Croatia, picking Mendy and Sidibié would increase France's chance of conceding a goal by three percentage points, but also increase their chance of scoring by four percentage points, a net gain.

A signpost to a major upset in the Luzhniki?

Croatia has done the same this year, needing penalty kicks to beat Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before defeating England in extra time in the semifinals.

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France are the bookmakers' favourite to win.

On paper this feels like a game too far for Croatia. But they are mentally very strong. They will now close the tournament in it.

France have the midfield depth to prevent Luka Modric dominating the centre of the park the way he did against England. It defeated Argentina by 4-3 and credited a thrilling victory to its name where Mbappe made headlines with two goals.

Fans across Ottawa are coming together to watch the World Cup final between France and Croatia Sunday.

Croatia needed extra-time and penalties to beat both Denmark and Russian Federation, while Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor gave them victory over England in the semi-final.

Danijel Subašić; Šime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinić; Marcelo Brozović, Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić; Ivan Perešić, Ante Rebić, Mario Mandžukić. But then most successful teams enjoy Lady Luck smiling down on them.

Hlacar says that Croatia has placed itself on the map, as it exceeds all expectations during this tournament.

Having fallen behind early on to Kieran Trippiers sizzling free-kick, Croatia rarely looked like getting back into the match in the first half. If they're not we have great players on the bench who are raring to go.

The 19-year-old Mbappe has been the biggest sensation at the tournament in Russian Federation, scoring three goals - including two against Argentina in the round of 16 - and creating havoc for opposing defenses with his pace and his agility. "Every coach knows that such matches can be won on tiny details, and sometimes the most irrational things".

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