World Cup 2018 Early Guide for France vs. Croatia Final
France will meet Croatia in the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday. The Blazers reached the final by beating England 2-1 after extra time in the last four on Wednesday, one day after Les Bleus beat Belgium 1-0.
For France, it’s a third final, but a first since 2006. Meanwhile, Croatia have reached the first World Cup final in their history, bettering a loss to the hosts in the last four at France ’98.
Date: Sunday, July 15
Time: 6 p.m. local time (4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET)
TV Info: BBC One, ITV 1, Fox
Both sides will arrive in the Russian capital knowing they have goals in them thanks to talented and gifted forward lines. The France attack is all about pace, power and movement thanks to the complementary trio of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.
Griezmann and Mbappe are able to stretch defences, and both have an excellent understanding of space and how to take up dangerous positions. While Grizemann is a proven source of goals, Mbappe is a burgeoning global star whose threat grows with every match.
Mbappe didn’t score against Belgium, but he proved a constant menace with his runs from the right flank and a keen eye for a pass:
This trio not only ensures Les Bleus maintain a consistent threat on the break. They also shield a back four that’s led by imposing centre-backs Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti, with the former looking increasingly impressive:
All three are comfortable on the ball and able to release gifted and versatile winger Ivan Perisic, who scored the Blazers’ first against England:
Modric won’t find the kind of space he enjoyed against England, so France should gradually overpower Croatia and let their match-winners up top decide things.