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The lineup for the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is settled; France will face Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.
Les Bleus will appear in their third final, having won in 1998 and lost to Italy on penalties in 2006 after sending Zinedine Zidane in overtime. 19659004] Croatia, on the other hand, will be presenting in the masterpiece for the first time in its history.
Date: Sunday, July 15
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According to Tom Doyle of Evening Standard France has no problems with injuries or suspensions, so Didier Deschamps will be able to choose freely among his full squad of 23 men,  Croatia also has no suspensions, but it could be without Ivan Strinic, who is said to be in doubt because of the groin injury that forced him into overtime against England in the semifinals.
Two years after losing the UEFA EURO 2016 final in their homeland of Portugal, France has the best chance of redemption it could have expected.
Many of the key players for their part were present for that defeat in the European Championship, and as Miguel Delaney of The Independent noted, there could be additional pressure on them to succeed on Sunday as a result:
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There is a curious pressure on France now. Two tournament finals "winnable" followed, having lost the last.
Perhaps they are even heavier favorites given the relative size of their opposition.
Croatia are not just football fish, but the scale of their achievements is huge:
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Les Bleus will not only be favorite due to the general superiority of its staff, but also because Croatia, having had more time in All three elimination matches, he played 90 combined minutes more than them.
For the like Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic, who are 32 years old, they could have a significant impact given the energy and pace of France.
Nobody in the France team embodies more than N & # 39; Golo Kante:
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Responding with your tireless work pace is a difficult task at best, but with the miles in Croatia's aging legs, it will be even more difficult.
However, Croatia has demonstrated tremendous technical, physical and mental qualities to reach the final – they should not be underestimated.