Croatia battles France for glory at World Cup grand finale
After 31 days of heart-thumping action across Russia, it all comes down to this day in Moscow, where Croatia will battle against France for the World Cup, won by Germany four years ago in Brazil.
What’s Croatia’s secret
On the morning after the night before, eyes learning to refocus again after giddily celebrating Croatia reaching a first World Cup final, Anita Sambol jumped into her car and made the 60 kilometre journey to Zagreb. She needed a passport. Urgently. She, like her country’s footballers, was on her way to Moscow for the World…
Goalless Giroud still a fixture in France's World Cup line-up
Olivier Giroud has not scored a single goal for France at the World Cup but his mere physical presence will guarantee the Chelsea forward a place in Sunday's final against Croatia. Think of France's attackers and the names Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann immediately come to mind, but Giroud has played every game in Russia,…
The 2018 World Cup final
We are at the finish line. The last two teams left standing, I believe, are the teams that deserve to be there after four weeks of some of the best football the world can offer in 2018.
Chukwu says Croatia vs France final can go either way
Christian Chukwu, a former Super Eagles coach, on Friday said that the World Cup final match in Russia between Croatia and France could go either way. Chukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the two countries had quality and young players. He said that the match would very interesting, full of…
An AFP photographer's up-close take on Croatia's World Cup joy
AFP photographer Yuri Cortez has covered wars, coups, natural disasters and humanitarian crises around the world in his three-decade career.
Five things to know about Croatia
Despite the prodigious talent of Croatia's players, few expected The Fiery Ones to reach the World Cup final -- a feat not seen for such a small nation since Uruguay reached football's pinnacle in 1950.
Croatia will be ready for France in World Cup final, says coach Dalic
Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday.
Croatia cuts short England’s dream of football ‘coming home’
Croatia broke English hearts, coming from 1-0 down to beat the Three Lions 2-1 in extra-time and advance to the World Cup final for the first time. Kieran Trippier’s sumptuous fifth-minute free-kick put England 1-0 up before Ivan Perisic equalised midway through the second half. Mario Mandzukic was Croatia’s match-winner, swivelling to power home the…