France vs Croatia: All Is Set For The 2018 FIFA #WorldCupFinal | See Full Details
After a month of dramatic and breath-taking football, with 32 teams whittled down to just two, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will today play host to France and Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final as the two teams lock horns in an attempt to get their hands on the most prestigious trophy in World football.
France will head into the Moscow final as heavy favourites, having eased past Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium to get here. But don’t be quick to write off Croatia as it has done it the hard way by beating Denmark and Russia on penalties and England in extra-time.
WHEN IS IT?
Kick-off is at 4pm (Nigerian time) on Sunday, July 15. That’s 6pm local time if you’re in Russia.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
For the French side, Kylian Mbappe is the key player as his performance so far has set tongues wagging all tournament. The 19-year-old striker, who joined French giant Paris Saint-Germain on a whopping $295 million transfer fee from Monaco, became the second-youngest player to find the back of the net at a World Cup after Brazilian legend Pele, and has scored three goals for the tournament.
His biggest asset is his pace but he also has plenty of finesse with the ball at his feet, as shown by his spectacular back-flick against Belgium that sent the internet wild.
Luka Modric doesn’t seems to get the attentions that follow Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but the crafty central midfielder deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as them.
His passing range, ability to dissect defences and play teammates into space with inch-perfect through balls and incredible defensive workrate make him the backbone of the Croatian side.
WHO WILL WIN?
According to bookmakers, France.
Ladbrokes has Didier Deschamps’ men as $1.90 favourites while Croatia is a rank $4.50 outsider.
Who are the previous World Cup winners?
There have been 20 finals, with Brazil the most successful country with five titles.
- 1930 – Uruguay
- 1934 – Italy
- 1938 – Italy
- 1950 – Uruguay
- 1954 – West Germany
- 1958 – Brazil
- 1962 – Brazil
- 1966 – England
- 1970 – Brazil
- 1974 – West Germany
- 1978 – Argentina
- 1982 – Italy
- 1986 – Argentina
- 1990 – West Germany
- 1994 – Brazil
- 1998 – France
- 2002 – Brazil
- 2006 – Italy
- 2010 – Spain
- 2014 – Germany