France, which won its qualifying group to come into the tournament as a top-seeded team, fielded a ferocious defenseand, when needed, a scintillating offense in securing all of its World Cup wins in regulation. While Kante provides cover for the likes of Pogba, Griezmann and Mbappe to flourish and bring out their bags of tricks, Modric and Rakitic are the traditionally calm generals who see the play a couple of steps before it happens.
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Zdrilic, himself of Croatian heritage, said it's hard to describe just how much Croatia's final debut means to the country. Averaging these two models gives us our final prediction of 62 to 38 in favour of France.
It was the 12th own goal of the World Cup, an all-time record, and the first ever in a World Cup final.
Modric and Rakitic cover their fair share of ground too, before even mentioning the space that Marcelo Brozovic gets across. Check out what they have to say about their favourite team and player. He has impressed both on the ball and as a leader. A country that has a population of 4.2 million, and it is the smallest country to take part in the World Cup final.
Kante, on the other hand, has been a colossal presence in midfield for France, intercepting and blocking just about everything that has threatened to cross his path. Kante has had the most number of recoveries at the World Cup thus far (48), highlighting just how important he has been for France.
The second model evaluates the quality of the players on both teams.
"Croatia has players with great club experience and their squad has been together for a long time but every team we've faced here has been more experienced". However, he has rebounded for several big saves in the World Cup.
This is a battle between two players at the opposite stages of their careers.
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France's defense can play the major factor in its win as only 4 goals have been scored against them throughout the tournament.
"The way it's been received, not only in Croatia, but all the communities around the world that have Croatian people there, Australia is obviously one of those countries that has a big Croatian population, it's just incredible and people can't process it".
France's Samuel Umtiti, second from left, is congratulated by his teammates France's Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, from left, after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018.
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