Argentina’s Nestor Pitana to officiate World Cup final

Lynette Rowe
July 13, 2018

Dalic led Croatia into the World Cup playoffs, where it beat Ukraine over two matches. It has a chance to be the least-populous nation to win since Uruguay took the title in 1950, when it was a nation of just over 2 million.

Though they needed penalty shootouts to defeat Denmark and Russian Federation, as well as extra time to knock off England, No. 20-ranked Croatia is the only country left to have won every match at this World Cup.

"We're a small country with so many successful sports people, " defender Dejan Lovren said through a translator.

Win the World Cup and all this will be forgotten, of course, but should Croatia triumph the French will turn on their leader. "Over the last couple of days people have recognised that". "The World Cup may never open up so obligingly again", the paper said.

Pogba said that the Les Blues are determined not to make the same mistakes they did two years ago in losing the Euro 2016 final at home to Portugal when they face the Croats at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Croatia are united behind manager Zlatko Dalic at Russian Federation 2018. "I went overseas whenever it was possible to find a job". We would be delighted if Modric won the MVP and the Golden Ball for being the best player at the tournament. "No country on earth would call that anything other than improvement".

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Laurent Blanc went on to a football manager career, most recently with Paris St Germain.

Kane is the tournament's top scorer on six goals, two ahead of Lukaku.

Lilian Thuram tied the score a minute later after stealing the ball from Zvonimir Boban near the Croat penalty area and exchanging passes with Youri Djorkaeff.

The victory sparked wild celebrations in Croatia, where tens of thousands of fans poured onto the streets and squares, singing, letting off flares and waving red-white-and-blue flags.

Jose Mourinho said: "France scored [against Belgium] and then they tried to control the game, which they did, with a fantastic performance by Raphael Varane and a very good performance by Pogba".

Trent Alexander-Arnold is in line to make his second appearance in place of Kieran Trippier, who injured his groin against Croatia.

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