Three reasons why Croatia deserves to win the Final

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Cupping his ear and gesturing for people to stop the talking about him, the 25-year-old's message was clear enough.

On Wednesday, La Liga said they had invited the boys and their coach to Spain to attend a Spanish top flight game in the future when they have fully recovered from the ordeal.

From "it is coming home" to now they knowing that "they are going home", this has been a whirlwind of a World cup and till the second half, I was sure this team would not only win the match but the finals. They have done very well and they want the victory, like us. They are stronger in terms of mentality, strength.

A towering physique and range of flashy hairstyles mean Paul Pogba rarely goes unnoticed but he has become emblematic of a French squad willing to sacrifice personal gain for World Cup glory.

Sunday's World Cup matchup between France and Croatia will come down to midfield play, former United States men's team captain Landon Donovan said.

Portugal's Eder shoots in the Euro 2016 final
Portugal's Eder scored the only goal of the Euro 2016 final to beat France at the Stade de France Credit Mike Hewitt Getty Images

The final of the FIFA World Cup is upon us.

France will head into Sunday's final as favourites in the eyes of many, with Croatia having endured gruelling periods of extra time in each of their knockout matches. It lost in extra time in Paris in the final of the 2016 European Championship to Portugal. "They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic", Pogba said.

SAINT PETERSBURG - Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said his team's defeat by France in the World Cup semifinals Tuesday was a "shame for football", criticizing Didier Deschamps's side for a defensive style of play. France's star player has heard plenty of criticism (most of it unfair) for his play both at the club level and the national level despite playing at a high level throughout his career. Croatia have never played a World Cup final and know they are on the brink of creating history and becoming legends in Croatia.

On the route to the final, France scored 10 goals, conceded four, and held their opponents scoreless in four games.

Deschamps, schooled as a player under Marcello Lippi at Juventus, has come in for some criticism for the way he has made France durable but tiresome. Even if they do not win the final against France, they have already achieved a lot by reaching the final.

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