Pulse @ Russia 2018: France v Croatia

A star studded final. Photo: Fifa.

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Pulse Previews The Final

So, here we stand.

The last two.

Les Bleus v The Vateri.

The other thirty side ares already home.

Both teams earned their place to contest the final after deservedly winning their respective last four ties.

France were accused of playing anti-football by a dejected Eden Hazard. However way you cut it though, the French set out with an specific game plan. It is highly effective.

Didier Deschamps side have kept four clean sheets in six games.

As I mentioned in our semi-final preview, the French are hardly playing scintillating football but thus far it’s worked.

They’ve seen off Argentina, Uruguay & Belgium to get this far. No one can begrudge them their place in the final.

The Red Devil’s are a big loss to the competition but like Uruguay before them, Robert Martinez’s front line could not outfox the French rearguard. Samuel Umtiti’s powerful header was enough to settle that game.

As for the other semi-final, Croatia came from behind to end England’s hopes. From forty-five minutes on, Croatia took control of the game & the Three Lions could not respond.

After coming through two penalty shoot outs in a row, The Vateri were supposedly going to be tired & there for the taking. In fact the opposite happened. They became stronger as the game went on & they would have been very unfortunate not to progress.

Luka Modric, Croatia’s captain pointed out that his side had been inspired by as he put it ‘’disrespectful’’ English media.

Not just England are guilty of underestimating Croatia.

It is unlikely that France will repeat that mistake.

Key Players

Luka Modric

After the heartache of missing a penalty v Denmark, Modric has dusted himself down and dragged his country into the final. He is a sublime, selfless player who works tireleslly for his team. France will do well to stop him.

Antoine Griezmann

Despite three goals & two assists, it has been something of a disappointing competition for the Atlético Madrid hitman. Still, he can be explosive at times & it would be foolish to bet against him firing France to glory this afternoon.

Pulse Prediction:

France are the favourites to claim their second ever World Cup but Croatia are more than formidable opponents.

Both sides are blessed with talents that recall their 1998 teams.

This will be close and there may be one more shock in store for a World Cup filled with them.