World Cup Final 2018 – France vs Croatia: All you need to know

France take on Croatia in 2018 World Cup final in Russia after both sides defeated their semi-final opponents.

Les Bleus won their semi-final clash with Belgium in a 1-0 victory. Samuel Umtiti scored an amazing header after beating Marouane Fellaini to the ball from a cross to end the deadlock and earn their spot in the final.

Ivan Perisic provided Croatia with a chance after scoring in the second-half cancelling out Kieran Trippier’s direct free-kick goal to take the game to extra time which saw Mario Mandzukic score and gain their spot in the final.

Everything you need to know for the World Cup 2018 final clash France vs Croatia including how to watch, kick-off time, squads, and stats.

France vs Croatia
Croatia will take on favourites France in hope of winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia

When and what time is the World Cup final?

World Cup final match takes place on Sunday 15th July at 08:30pm (IST) with starting line-ups expected to be announced a hour before kick-off.

Where is the France vs Croatia match happening?

Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will be the World Cup final match venue for France vs Croatia and has a capacity of 81,000.

Luzhniki Stadium
Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the World Cup final between France and Croatia

France squad

Goalkeepers: Alphone Areola (PSG), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

Croatia squad

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

Strikers: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht)

World Cup 2018 stats for France and Croatia

France 

  • Goals – 10
  • Shots, on Target – 23
  • Shots, Total (inc. Blocks) – 74
  • Possession – 50.7%
  • Passes – 2769
  • Passing Accuracy – 82.9%
  • Goals Conceded – 4
  • Shots Faced (inc. Blocks) – 51
  • Shots on Target Faced – 16

Croatia

  • Goals – 12
  • Shots, on Target – 25
  • Shots, Total (inc. Blocks) – 99
  • Possession – 55.8%
  • Passes – 3291
  • Passing Accuracy – 80.83%
  • Goals Conceded – 5
  • Shots Faced (inc. Blocks) – 78
  • Shots on Target Faced – 21

France goalscorers

  • Kylian Mbappe – 3
  • Antoine Griezmann – 3
  • Raphael Varane – 1
  • Samuel Umtiti – 1
  • Benjamin Pavard – 1

 Croatia goalscorers

  • Luka Modric – 2
  • Mario Mandzukic – 2
  • Ivan Perisic – 2
  • Domagoj Vida – 1
  • Andrej Kramaric – 1
  • Milan Badelj – 1
  • Ante Rebic – 1
  • Ivan Rakitic – 1
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