France coach Deschamps has created a 'miracle': Lloris

Luka Modric

Kylian Mbappe wasted time in France's win over Belgium - Thomas Meunier

With big-game experience as a Champions League victor with Real Madrid, Varane has increasingly become a team leader.

"Paul Pogba is having a great World Cup". Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840. While his co-pundit Lee Dixon credited the referee with going through the correct process, they were collectively astounded with the result. They were losing 1-0 and came back.

But while the final will be a moment for the nation of Croatia to savour, if will be just the opposite for France.

THE Croatians are in a huddle before their training session at the Luzhniki Stadium on Saturday.

After being fouled way outside the French area, Luka Modric floated a dicey free-kick which Šime Vrsaljko headed across goal to find Perisic, who created space for himself to drilled in the leveler.

Referee Nestor Pitana initially did not give the spot-kick but reversed his decision after reviewing the incident on the side of the pitch. "France is lovely as it is, that's how we love it, and that's how we'll always love it".

Key to France's change is that a lot of veterans have been left out. France are always risky due to their speed. If he can get the better of the two centre-backs and hold the ball up, then with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe running off him, I don't think Croatia will be able to live with France.

The former Monaco sensation, already both France's youngest goalscorer for 54 years and their youngest ever at a major tournament, dispatched an exquisite brace and showcased the full extent of his frightening speed on a memorable afternoon in Kazan.

Mandzukic capitalised on on some shocking goalkeeping from Lloris to pause France's celebrations.

Meanwhile, Deschamps has urged his players to keep a cool head during the match, in which France will bid to win football's most coveted trophy for a second time.

The Champs de Mars fan zone near the Eiffel tower where France fans gather is seen during the World Cup final match, in a picture taken from the Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck.

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