The Croats want to join the list of world champions, while France wants to celebrate as they did in 1998. Only one team will leave with honors, but before meeting the new world soccer monarch, you will surely like to know about the history, within the playing field, of these two nations.
France Vs. Croatia World Cup 2018 Final: France and Croatia were the two teams with the privilege of playing on the last day of the World Cup. The Croats want to join the list of world champions, while France wants to celebrate as they did in 1998. Only one team will leave with honors, but before meeting the new world soccer monarch, you will surely like to know about the history, within the playing field, of these two nations.
2-Two of the five duels between France and Croatia were in big tournaments; the French won 2-1 in the semifinal of the 1998 World Cup ( Didier Deschamps played the whole match), while they drew 2-2 in the group stage of Euro 2004.
3- Didier Deschamps will be the third player to win the World Cup as a player and coach (along with Mário Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer ); as a DT, he has won eight of his 11 World Cup matches, the highest winning percentage (73%) for a coach with more than 10 matches in the competition.
4- France will play its third World Cup final (champion in 1998, vice-champion in 2006, after falling on penalties); becomes the team with the most disputed finals since 1998: three (2, Brazil and Germany ).
5- Croatia will play its first World Cup final, being the 13th team in this instance (10th in Europe ); the last two teams that played the final for the first time, won the title ( France in 1998, Spain in 2010). The last to lose his first final was Holland, in 1974.
6- If he plays the final, Raphael Varane will become the fifth Frenchman to play a Champions League and World Cup final in the same year, after Thierry Henry (2006), Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Christian Karembeu (all in 1998); Varane could be the second Frenchman to win both finals in the same year, something that the only Karembeu has achieved.
7- The French Kylian Mbappe will seek to be the second Sub20 player to score in a World Cup final after Pele did so in 1958; Mbappe (3 goals) is already the leading U20 scorer in a World Cup since Pelé in 1958 (6 goals).
8– Croatia became the first selection in history to overcome three stretches in the World Cup; other selections had disputed three extensions, but they had not managed to surpass the third ( Belgium 1986, England 1990 and Argentina 2014).
9- Excluding penalties, France has won 11 of its last 14 direct elimination games in the World Cup (2E 1D).
10- The last three finals of the World Cup have gone to overtime; However, only two finals in history have been decided by penal (1994 and 2006).
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