Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

When to watch the FIFA World Cup final in Canada this weekend

When to watch the FIFA World Cup final in Canada this weekend

We had the chance to win the final of the Euros, but we missed a wonderful thing and we must not let this chance pass.

"We need to study France [Croatia's opponents in Sunday's final] well now, but I think we have a chance". I'm sure that we'll recover and we'll be fine - this is the World Cup final and there are no excuses.

France have been improving throughout the tournament and have beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds without needing extra time or penalties.

Inevitably, that meant there was a lot of space on the flanks in front of the back five, explaining the high volume of crosses after half-time (with one leading directly to the equaliser).

Croats in Bosnia, where they make up 15 percent of the population, also supported the Croatia team, but Bosnian political analyst Zoran Kresic detected something deeper, saying the support "has unified the region and Bosnia for the first time since the bloody wars".

"Congratulations with all my heart, bravo!", Miodrag, a resident of Nis in southern Serbia told the website of Serbian state TV on Wednesday after the semi-final win over England. But they are mentally very strong.

Pre-tournament preparation was spot on: "We chose to play friendlies against teams who would be at the World Cup and that was a great lesson for us".

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"For us, we are not the favourites. The fans are excited to watch us play and that's how we have to keep progressing", he said.

"We are better than England. We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed".

Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup's leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia. It is unknown territory for Croatia however. They want to win. But with Deschamps at the helm they remain stuck in an old system, one that made sense when Dmitri Payet was the star player but not anymore.

Pogba said while Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was their driving force the French plan would not be limited to stopping the Real Madrid playmaker.

The captain, who is not carrying an injury, said: 'Everyone will want to play but the manager will make his decision'.

"Modric is indescribable to me, but my favorite player today is Rebic!"

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