A youthful France faces veteran-laden Croatia for Word Cup

Lovren-Croatia

He has displayed his best qualities at this World Cup, despite playing in a midfield duo alongside N'Golo Kanté, dispelling the myth that he has to play ina midfield trio in order to excell.

Croatia started full of energy but went behind in the 18th minute when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off the head of Mandzukic, who had scored the extra-time victor against England in the semi-final.

France led 2-1 at half time and extended the lead to 4-1 with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes before Mario Mandzukic pulled one back for the Croatians in the 69th following an error from goalkeeper Hugo Loris.

France fans let off flares as they celebrate in front of the Eiffel Tower. They are the first and only team in World Cup history to avoid defeat after trailing in three knockout matches in a single edition.

England Squad average- 7.14
England Squad average- 7.14

Tonight, the Croatian team played better football, but France were more efficient, perhaps even more intelligent.

The two sides will meet on Sunday in the World Cup final, with France going for its second title in its third final in 20 years.

The decision was a turning point as Griezmann scored to put France into a lead they would never relinquish, as Les Bleus went on to win 4-2, and Dalic said he thought such a decision had no place in a game of such magnitude.

"It's a young team who are on the top of the world".

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Lovren also called for Croatia team-mate Luka Modric to receive the highest individual award in world football, the Ballon d'Or. Croatia will face France in their first-ever World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Monday morning at 1:00am AEST.

After wearing their black and navy blue alternate kit for five matches in a row at the 2018 World Cup, Croatia will go back to their classic red & white checkers for the final.

Olivier Giroud failed to net a single goal at the World Cup, and indeed did not register a shot on target for the duration of the tournament. After Croatia came out of the break hot yet again, with more than a few chances to equalize, France shut the door on the match.

The final game of the 2018 World Cup should prove exciting as heavily-favored France takes on the underdog, Croatia.

This should be fun and we anticipate a lot of goals.

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Mississauga has a proud, tight-knit Croatian-Canadian community, said Erica Zlomislic, who works with the Croatian Heritage Association.

"We played well but the penalty knocked the wind out of us and after that it was very hard", Dalic said, after congratulating France on their victory.

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