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FRANCE 4, ARGENTINA 3: Mbappe dominates in a round-of-16 match that has the feel of a final as the teams trade the lead three times.

France have shut out all the euphoria back home over their run to the World Cup final in order to play a flawless match against Croatia on Sunday, France captain Hugo Lloris said.

A month on and 63 games later, the 2018 World Cup reaches its climax on Sunday as a young France side spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann look to win the trophy for the second time when they take on Croatia in Moscow.

A month after the World Cup group stage kicked off with a blowout win by Russian Federation, only two teams are left standing.

He will become the first Manchester United player to win the World Cup while at the club since 1966.

Griezmann, who has been celebrating goals with the dance from the video game since May, gave the celebration an airing on the biggest stage in France's World Cup final against Croatia. I know the taste of losing a final.

Deschamps believes France are a very different team than the one that lost to Portugal in Paris two years ago, although that inevitably means they lack experience compared to the Croatians.

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

These two sides clashed in the semi-finals of that 1998 World Cup, where a ten-man Les Blues side claimed a 2-1 win. And yes, that includes France's first and only in 1998.

She said what makes this year's team great is their leadership, faith and hard work along with their coach, Zlatko Dalic, who's expertise has taken them a long way.

That made it the highest-scoring first half since 1974, when West Germany led the Netherlands, 2-1 - also the final score then. Striker Mario Mandzukic is also an awkward forward to defend against and could cause problems with his aerial prowess while Ivan Perisic was a threat throughout as Croatia saw off England.

"Tomorrow is the World Cup final". There are two teams in the final, a Cup and there are 90 minutes more.

Before half time Perisic put in a risky cross into the box but Ante Rebic couldn't quite get his shot right as they pushed for an equalizer and went close from two more set pieces before the break.

Croatia showed no early nerves and confidently dominated the action in the French half, without however threatening as Raphael Varane headed a cross out of danger ahead of Mandzukic. "I am here with them to write a new page in history, a most attractive page".

"We have this inner strength from the beginning of the tournament with which we can overcome any challenge".



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