VIDEO: World Cup Final Preview, France Faces Croatia for FIFA Title
By NBC SPORTS // July 15, 2018
France in third-ever World Cup final, Croatia entered Tournament 30-1 longshots
ABOVE VIDEO: 1998 World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf joins ESPN FC to preview France vs. Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final in Russia, saying while the French are the favorites, Croatia “never give up.” (Video by ESPN FC )
(NBC SPORTS) – France and Croatia square off in the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday as the curtain will come down on a hugely entertaining tournament.
Les Bleus are the favorites to prevail at Luzhniki Stadium but Croatia’s gutsy run to their first-ever final will leave Didier Deschamps and Co. wary of being upset in a final again, while Croatia look to avenge their World Cup semi-final defeat to France in 1998.
Led by the raw power and pace of Kylian Mbappe, the destructive genius of N’Golo Kante and a surprisingly solid defensive unit, France have knocked out Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium en-route to the final.
This team isn’t considered to be as talented as their famous 1998 World Cup winning side but Deschamps has built a cohesive, robust unit which emerged from the stacked side of the knockout bracket.
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