Croatia fans eclipse low-key French in Moscow final build-up

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Deschamps, France's captain 20 years ago, was lifted up by his players on the field and flung into the air several teams and caught.

The breathless 4-2 victory under stormy skies at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium means Didier Deshchamps' side - balancing youthful vitality and tournament nous - have buried the pain of their defeat in the Euro 2016 final on home soil.

Croatia seems to enjoy playing long games, as they went to penalties against Denmark and Russian Federation, and beat England in extra time.

When Antoine Griezmann scored France's second goal minutes later on a penalty, a few grumbles could be heard.

Should any of them fail to surpass Kane, the Tottenham man would become only the second ever England player to win the prize, after Gary Lineker also hit six at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. It was Perisic's third goal of the tournament and undoubtedly the most important. In the Velodrome against the world champions, we had this communion with the public but beyond that I don't think we saw it in such a way [that we were destined to win the final].

Matuidi will play on the left of the midfield, tracking back while Griezmann stays forward, in a system that can fluently switch between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, with Mbappé on the right wing. When people look back on this France team that won 4-2 in the World Cup final, there may be some who remember them as a freewheeling attacking machine. You should be able to log in to Fox Sports Go regardless, but better safe than sorry (especially with the World Cup final on the line).

General view of Croatia fans with flares during the parade. Reuters
General view of Croatia fans with flares during the parade. Reuters

After a cagey opening spell, the French broke the game open when Griezmann's free kick in the 18th minute was headed into his own net by Mario Mandzukic.

19-year-old wunderkind Kylian Mbappe would add another for France just minutes later, becoming the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele.

This should be fun and we anticipate a lot of goals.

Three goals in the first half was the most prolific since 1974, when West Germany went into the break 2-1 up against the Netherlands. And he got a "welcome to the club" by the only other player to do so.

By far and away Croatias best performance at this World Cup came against two-time champions Argentina, who were blown away by Zlatko Dalics side.

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.

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