With an average age of 26, France had the second youngest team in the tournament, and their golden generation featuring Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are set to return home as heroes.
Croatia and France are scheduled to play starting at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 15.
However, France went on to showcase its real talent in the knockout stages as they posted a 4-3 win against Argentina. "I am here with them to write a new page in history, a most lovely page". Hopefully there will be four million people out in the streets celebrating.
Tens of thousands of people poured onto the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris after France's semi-final win against Belgium and expectations at home are high.
It's the third goal in seven games for Perisic and the first goal France has conceded since its 4-3 win over Argentina in the round of 16.
"Simply this is the greatest moment in the life of all of us". They deserve to be in the final just as much as us. Hopefully their players are well-rested, as they're going to need every ounce of energy to beat a strong French team.
These two sides clashed in the semi-finals of that 1998 World Cup, where a ten-man Les Blues side claimed a 2-1 win.
But coach Zlatko Dalic said there would be no excuses despite their exertions.
Fans rushed the field during the World Cup Final on Sunday, momentarily stopping play.
Mississauga has a proud, tight-knit Croatian-Canadian community, said Erica Zlomislic, who works with the Croatian Heritage Association.
"One thing that brings me happiness is that all my players tell me if they are not 100 percent fit. We won't have a lot of opportunities, so we'll have to put them away when they come".
Own goal by Croatia's Mario Mandzukic which of the head deceives its keeper on a free kick of Griezmann.
"We'll just go and pray for the team", she said.
"Croatia's players have gained experience with their clubs, and they have been playing together for a while".
Croatia were impressive in their first-ever final and runners-up is their best-ever result under the eyes of Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Emmanuel Macron of France and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia; and Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of 2022 hosts Qatar, among the 78,011 crowd.
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