Top three battles in the World Cup Final

Dean Simpson
July 13, 2018

"But we have overcome so much adversity in this World Cup that it would be hard to bet against Croatia". Deschamps' situation is not unlike Jose Mourinho's at Manchester United; winning trophies makes the Machiavellian tactics justifiable, but as soon as results turn sour all good will evaporates.

Federation Internationale de Football Association have named Argentinian Nestor Pitana as the referee for Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia. The last was France's 1-0 loss to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals.

BELGRADE: Croatia´s neighbours in the former Yugoslavia have largely praised the team´s surprise success in reaching the World Cup final in Russian Federation - just don´t expect the Serbian president to support them, at least for now. I am already proud and are moments that I will take for all my life! I don't want it to happen again. I'm going to make a tattoo of Croatia on me, it will be my first tattoo!

Dalic said there would be no excuses from his team despite their exertions over the past two weeks. "This brought me huge experience ... and I built a name for myself. When Croatia called, I never had any doubts".

"Congratulations Croatia. Politics, sport, the region and the world have all come together tonight", Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev tweeted along with a photo of himself and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Playing a pivotal role in Croatia's 2-1 win over their English opponents, the Real Madrid star spoke to ITV in the immediate aftermath.

While the Three Lions finished fourth at Italia 90, England's women came third at the World Cup in 2015 and striker Eni Aluko responded to Shearer's comments on Twitter, replying: 'I am sure they'll change their minds on the importance of the game if/when they get a bronze medal.

"He is very dedicated to football", Croatian federation president Davor Suker said, "and we gave him the chance".

"But there are a lot of exciting youngsters coming through who might continue our expedition", the Paris St Germain player added. "He knows exactly how to interact with players and does it in a unique way". I don't think there is a plan just for Modric.

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