Belgium and England reluctantly meet again

Belgium and England reluctantly meet again

Everyone from Average Joes to professional bettors will put down wagers on the 2018 World Cup final, which takes place at the 78,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

France go into Sunday's final against Croatia in Moscow aiming to make amends for the bitter disappointment of losing the Euro 2016 final on home soil to Portugal. We were there [in 2016], we were close to winning the title and we missed.

"For me, we are not favourites".

"We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago".

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The third-place match at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for Federation Internationale de Football Association to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home.

"I don't think there will be a plan for Modric".

But the team's performance over the past month - with a 6-1 trouncing of Panama, their first ever World Cup penalties win and first World Cup semi-final since 1990 - has seen them reconnect with a disillusioned fan base.

They will meet a French team which eased past Belgium 1-0 in their semi-finals, and which boasts a population difference of around 62 million people more than Croatia. "Who would have thought it, at the start of the tournament when everyone was writing us off?"

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This is shown by how Croatia has been a goal down in every knockout phase match, but they have been able to came from behind to make it the 2018 World Cup final in Russian Federation. Croatia had prevailed on penalties in both the last 16 and the quarter-finals, defeating Denmark and then tournament hosts Russian Federation.

"It's massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation".

France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security. They want to win.

Pitana is one of South America's most experienced referees and also has playing experience at youth level. "We have a very strong collective and Croatia also have some big individual talents at the service of the team too".

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"The ability of the team and the style of play we've evolved enormously in a short period of time".

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