France ready to win World Cup ugly as Croatia eye history

Croatia Press Conference: Final- 2018 FIFA World Cup

Croatia eked into the field as one of the last European teams to qualify, then ripped through its group before surviving an unprecedented run of three straight extra-time matches. It's now time for the final, the match that will decide who becomes the latest side to lift the coveted Jules Rimet trophy. But we are yet to decipher whether the duo will be attending the finals, which will be held in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.

Croatia needed nerves of steal once more to book a first semi-final spot since 1998, as well as boundless energy to counter a Russian Federation side with the support of a nation behind them in Sochi. The closest either came was France's tie with Denmark.

Another alternative to watch the Croatia vs France game online without cable is via Hulu Live TV with complete World Cup coverage. The other is a player who just exudes class with every touch he takes. Les Bleus were level at 2-2 with the Albiceleste, but a clutch brace from Kylian Mbappe saw them secure the win before a consolation strike from Sergio Aguero. The outcome of this battle will go a long way in deciding who prevails on the day as well.

While Croatia had to rally to keep advancing, France won all three of its knockout games in the regulation 90 minutes and trailed for only nine of the 540-plus minutes it has been on the field. Regardless of the position he has started in, the veteran midfielder has controlled the proceedings beautifully while also taking responsibility to score the odd goal - he is still the joint-top scorer for the Croats. Match number 64 is where it counts the most.

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"I have received messages from Argentina , Spain, Germany , from all corners of the world". If there was a stadium big enough for 4.5 million people, it would be full.

Both players though, will face their toughest tests yet.

Captain Luka Modric repeatedly said: "We have shown our character".

Both the BBC and ITV have broadcasting rights for the World Cup, with fixtures split until the final.

Taking part in a big final on the pitch and watching from the sidelines were two very different experiences, he said. But I have no star either although there is one on my shirt. They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic.

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They have been inspired by mercurial midfielder Luka Modric while coach Zlatko Dalic, who only took over a year ago with the squad in chaos, has coaxed remarkable performances from his team.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is prepared to make changes for the clash if some of his players have not recovered from their exertions in reaching the final.

Croatia represent one of the most moving stories in sport and are aiming to give it a happy ending with a victory.

The contest between the two sides is not short of history, as France defeated Croatia 2-0 in the 1998 semi-final on route to lifting the World Cup.

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