Road to the Russia 2018 Final – Croatia vs France

Road to the Russia 2018 Final – Croatia vs France

On Sunday 15th of June, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow would be the venue for the final showdown. Croatia vs France is the fixture, as yet again two European sides meet at the final. The European teams have shown real dominance making this the third time in the last four world cups which have seen the continent come out tops.

This match also signifies the fifth time a European nation would be taking home the trophy. The French fans can wait or would the Croats just have the day at the end of 90 minutes?

Road to the final

France

France emerged from a group that had Australia , Peru and Denmark in it, a fair draw according to many. Their first game saw them work till the end to secure a win against Austria. The difference between the two teams was a deflected ball in the later stages of the game as France won 2-1.

Against Peru, a similar scenario played out as Kylia Mbappe was close by to tap into the only goal of the match. Denmark had more discipline at the back and was comfortable sitting deep, in the end, both teams settled for a goalless draw.

The Round of 16 saw them get paired with Argentina in a fiercely contested game. Once again the youngster rose to the occasion as he used his pace to secure a penalty for his team. He scored two goals, one in each half to help France secure the win. France won the match by 4 goals to 3.

Uruguay didn’t look much of a contest for France as they played without their danger man Edison Cavani. Two goals by France scored by Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezman was enough to set them up for the semis.

The game against Belgium was a tight one as both teams had chances and defended well also. Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti headed in the only goal from a corner, as they reach for a second world cup title.

Croatia

Finding themselves in the group tagged by many as the group of death. It wasn’t looking easy at all, with a win over Nigeria they proceeded to defeat Argentina by 3 goals. They also defeated Iceland to win the group. Throughout the group stages, they dominated the game whilst scoring some incredible goals. Luka Modric’s goal against Argentina also stands out. With this new found confidence, they headed into the round of 16.

The knockout stage saw them come from behind to defeat Denmark on penalties. Their luck rode well and put them in line for a quarter-final showdown with the host nation, Russia. And yet again the scoreline read 2-2 after 120minutes of football, once more Croatia came out victorious.

England went ahead early on in the first half with a brilliant free-kick from K. Trippier. The Croats fighting spirit saw them pull one back with the help of Ivan Perisic.

And just when everyone was prepping for the shootout, Mario Mandzukic saw the ball fall kindly for him. He stroke home the winner in the second half of extra time leaving England with no time to respond.

Lineup / Team news

France

have no suspensions to worry about and no injury concerns as of now.
So Deschamps would most likely be using the same squad that started against Belgium in the semi-final.

Croatia

do have fitness issues coming into this game but no suspension issues. Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic were both substituted in extra time in their last game. Hopefully, they would both be fit enough for this showdown on Sunday.

The deciding factor for this game could just be the amount of rest the teams get. And the French do have an extra day to recover fully.

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  1. enrique 4 days ago

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