Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Canadian soccer fans brace for World Cup final between France, Croatia

Canadian soccer fans brace for World Cup final between France, Croatia

It's the first ever final for the Croatians, while France is there for the third time and goes into the match as the betting favourite.

Didier Deschamps has told his France players they can win the World Cup if they focus on the three Cs - calmness, confidence and concentration.

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France are in their third World Cup final after winning in 1998 and losing to Italy in 2006.

With a 3-1 lead in the 59th, France began to celebrate like a team about to win the World Cup.

Still, he said, the nine players who were in the squad at Euro 2016 will have passed on the lessons they learned from the experience of that final - if only how it felt to lose such a big match.

Croatia came close to a second equalizer three minutes after thew restart when Lloris tipped Ante Rebic's drive over the bar.

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Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Raphael Varane have the chance to do something Sunday only 10 players have done in the history of the game: win the Champions League and the World Cup in the same year.

That means they have played the equivalent of a whole extra match more than France.

"We took the hard path, probably we will be the only team at a World Cup to have played eight games to get to a final if you tally up all the minutes", admitted Dalic. And yes, that includes France's first and only in 1998. "If I get that star, I don't care about how we play", the 27-year-old said. Griezmann went down easily to win a free kick and he whipped the ball in and Mandzukic flicked the ball into his own goal to put France 1-0 up.

Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia. He is the second Argentinian referee to participate in two World Cups after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978. "I am here with them to write a new page in history, a most handsome page".

"The French like to chant a lot, there's lots of chanting, they bring drums, and they have their local sayings". Three times they fell behind on their run to Moscow; three times they fought back.

Once again, Croatia showed why they have been the World Cup's comeback kings but they were beaten 4-2 by the tournament's set-piece specialists.

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. In 2017 he took charge of the Confederations Cup semi-final between Germany and Mexico.

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