France beat Croatia to win Russian Federation 2018
16 July, 2018, 06:36 | Author: Christina Harvey
France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill.
France has shown throughout the tournament it is comfortable, perhaps even prefers, counter-attacking.
No-one could have predicted Croatia making it all the way to Moscow when the competition got underway, and yet here they are one game away from the greatest sporting achievement in the nation's 26 year history.
But coachZlatko Dalic said there would be no excuses despite their exertions.
"I'm not interested who is the opponent". But perhaps feeling complacent after beating Germany in the semi-finals, France flopped. I don't want it to happen again.
Lloris was the goalkeeper in that 1-0 loss in Paris, facing a Portugal team that had reached the final after some extra-time victories.
That tournament held in France was Croatia's very first appearance since gaining independence; back then the debutants would reach the semi-finals - famously eliminating Germany en route - but would suffer a 2-1 defeat to the hosts despite taking the lead. And he said he had changed the way he plays for France in order to benefit the team. Fourteen, to be exact, from the 23 players who made up the squad two years ago.
A factor in France's favour this time around is rest.
Meanwhile, France is in fine form but is certainly the team under the most pressure, having lost the final of Euro 2016 at home.
"I expect a lot of screaming at the screens", she says.
Griezmann came into the tournament as one of the favorites for the golden boot, but so far has only scored three times. Their last three games have gone to extra time, two of which required penalty kicks to determine a victor.
As the 120th minute approached, the match was labouring towards a penalty shootout, until a brilliant Luka Modric pass set Ante Rebic through, with the pacey forward winning a penalty.
"Now, there is no pressure", Dalic said through a translator. We can't be more joyous and proud when we see what joy we have brought to the country.
France enter the final as favourites after dispatching the likes of Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the previous rounds.
He will become the first Manchester United player to win the World Cup while at the club since 1966.
They beat Australia by 2-1 and Peru by 1-0, and subsequently, booked their spot in the round of 16 post a goalless draw against Denmark.
Starting line-upsFrance (4-3-3): Hugo Lloris (capt); Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez;Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi;Olivier Giroud.
Moreover, while many commemorated France's win, others also appreciated Croatia for their performance in this world cup. Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic lead a very impressive team that came from behind to beat England, 2-1, in the semifinals.
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