Soccer predictions for the World Cup final between France – Croatia
France and Croatia face each other in the 2018 World Cup final. The duel is on Sunday afternoon at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.
Many football specialists expected the French team to play in the final of the 2018 World Cup, but that does not apply to the Croatian team. It is true that the Croats have a very strong team, but they were not favorites to reach even the 1/2-finals of this World Cup. When the tournament started, however, many things changed and Croatia hinted at its great potential in the group stage, especially when it beat Argentina with 3:0. The Croatians won all their matches in the group and finished the first with nine points, then eliminated Denmark and Russia after shooting penalties to reach the 1/2-finals of the race.
On Wednesday, Zlatko Dalic beat England by 2:1 after extra time in the second semifinals of the World Cup 2018. The duel did not develop well for the Croats, who lagged 0:1 on the break, but in the second half were a team transformed. Luka Modric was at the heart of the strong game on the Balkan side and although he did not score a goal, he proved his class by controlling the game of his team in the middle of the field. Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic were the great heroes for the Croats, marking the semi-finals and thus leading their country to the first World Cup final.
A day earlier, France made a 1-0 victory over Belgium and secured a place in the 2018 World Cup finals. Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti realized the only goal in the match and ranked his country on the third world championship final. Didier Deschamps’ alumni were the better team for most of the match and deservedly won. Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann did not have their stellar moments in the offensive, with the defense of the game and especially the goal keeper Hugo Lloris, who twice intervened perfectly with the Belgian footballers and kept the advance of his team . Thus in the second consecutive match of the World Cup 2018, the French team retained a dry net. The French played a 2-0 win Uruguay on the 1/4-finals and then won with ease, but now they are expecting a much heavier match against Croatia. A day after France’s national holiday, the boys of Didier Deschamps will try to become national heroes and 20 years later become world champions again.
France’s only world title so far has been won in 1998 at the home race. Then at the 1/2-finals France defeated Croatia with 2:1 on the way to the World Cup. Then the Croats also scored their best World Ranking – 4th place, and now they have improved this achievement and it is a great success for them. France also took part in another World Cup finals, as in 2006 lost to Italy after a penalty shootout. Now the French hope that this time there will be no penalties and will win the title even before the end of the regular time.
However, the last three World Cup finals have been resolved after extra time or penalties, so there is reason to expect the match to come back in extra time. However, this is unlikely. The Croatian team had three very hard games to the point of direct eliminations, with each one playing overtime. For an hour and a half more Croatians have been on the pitch in playing time than France. “The Fellows” will be a much fresher team, and their match at the 1/2-finals was a day earlier. France should have learned from the lost Euro 2016 final from Portugal. I think that this time the French will glory in the final and will win their second world title on Sunday in Moscow.
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