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Croatia Press Conference: Final- 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Just a few hours to the final showdown between France and Croatia in the FIFA World Cup 2018 and Bollywood celebrities share on social media, who they are rooting for.

Deschamps said France are a very different team to the one that lost to Portugal in Paris two years ago but accepted they are inexperienced compared to the Croatians. I don't want it to happen again. "I am here with them to write a new page in history, a most attractive page". "I think this has cemented everybody knowing where Croatia is and what we're all about".

"We have some minor injuries, minor problems, and I hope my players will be ready".

"It will be useful for us on Sunday, even if I don't like to keep bringing up the past".

Croatia have been forced into extra time in each of their three knockout matches, edging Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on post-match penalties before scoring late in added play to come from behind and beat England in Wednesday's semi-final in Moscow.

They needed penalties to beat Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before edging out England 2-1 with an extra-time victor from Mario Mandzukic.

"There is no euphoria here, we are all satisfied because we have reached this point, and this is the biggest game of the year", he said". Yet Croatia swept all three teams by a combined score of 7-1, allowing only a single goal in three matches. If you're Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric, you'd be hard pressed to pick a harder set of opponents than Paul Pogba and N'golo Kante.

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The title clash refreshes memory of their 1998 semi-final when two near-identical second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France to their first final before they went on to overwhelm defending champions and South American powerhouse Brazil.

Despite making nine changes with their progression already secured, Croatia racked up three World Cup group victories for the first time with a narrow win over Iceland, scoring with both of their shots on target. If we take a look at the bettings, the odds are stacked against Croatia.

FRANCE 1, BELGIUM 0: Samuel Umtiti's header from a corner kick proves the difference as both goalkeepers stand out in a surprisingly defensive match between arguably the most talented teams in the tournament.

Still, he thought, the nine players who were in the squad at Euro 2016 would ensure the French team for Sunday would learn lessons from the experience of that final, if only to pass on how it felt to lose such a big match.

Croatia, playing in their first ever major global final, were beaten in the 1998 semifinals by France. 'We have this inner strength from the beginning of the tournament with which we can overcome any challenge'.

It has been a gruelling, exhausting run for Zlatko Dalic's team, and they must rouse themselves for one last effort.

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