It's France vs Croatia in FIFA World Cup 2018 final
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It's definitely not coming home but the Lions are as England's dream of making it to the finals were crushed by Croatia. The Luka Modric side defeated Harry Kane and Co. 2-1 to cruise to th finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute of the extra time as the scores were leveled after Trippier curled a superb free-kick into the top corner.
The Juventus forward made a remarkable comeback from a shattered Croatian team to take the small nation of little more than four million people into their first World Cup final.
Croatia, in their first semi since 1998, levelled through Ivan Perisic after 68 minutes and then looked the more dangerous side. The team faced extra time for the third successive game, having got past Denmark and Russia on penalties.
Ivan Perisic was on fire and left no stone unturned to trouble the English side in a do-or-die clash.
France, on the other hand, reached the finals on Tuesday after a second-half header from Samuel Umtiti gave them a 1-0 win against Belgium.
The Didier Deschamps' side will face Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.
The two national teams have previously played each other five times with France winning three of those matches, while the other two resulted in a draw.
The two last played each other in March 2011 during an international friendly exhibition, but it resulted in a 0-0 draw.
Rundown of France and Croatia's head-to-head results
July 8, 1998: France 2, Croatia 1 at Stade de France (Paris)
November 13, 1999: France 3, Croatia 0 at Stade de France (Paris)
May 28, 2000: France 2, Croatia 0 at Maksimir (Zagreb, Croatia)
June 17, 2004: France 2, Croatia 2 at Estadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa (Leiria, Portugal)
March 29, 2011: France 0, Croatia 0 at Stade de France (Paris)
For France, a young team full of bright young stars, including Kylian Mbappe, may realize their talent in the most impressive way, whereas, for Croatia, a group of world-class professionals will try to win it the title for the first time.