France, Croatia: on threshold of glory

Doug Mendoza
July 15, 2018

It may pale in comparison to his final heroics against Croatia, but only two teenagers have scored two or more goals in a World Cup knockout stage game - Kylian Mbappe and that man again, Pele. "Sometimes you watch him on the pitch and he looks like he is 35 or 36, he is so mature, but sometimes he shows he is just nineteen", Kaka, himself a teenage prodigy, said of the mercurial talent, who has scored three goals and put together an impressive highlight reel at Russian Federation 2018.

MBAPPE'S SKILLS: Nicknamed "37" by teammates after a sprint supposedly clocked at 37 kph (23 mph) against Argentina, Mbappe burns past defenders with such ease that he can change a match on his own. To ensure their seat, local football enthusiasts, right from Saturday, were found making early bookings at these outlets, many of which sported "booked out" signs for game day, by afternoon itself. "Kylian is a very smart guy who knows what he wants".

'I do not have a star.

Often there is a battle of the heartstrings as African football authorities go head to head with European federations for the loyalty of a player born in Europe but with African roots, and they will regard many of those playing in Sunday's final as talent that has slipped through their hands. We have a lot of respect for them.

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has won the World Cup with France.

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Always feels like Loris errors are in BIG games?? Both are strong in the air, with Varane scoring a header against Uruguay and Umtiti heading in the victor against Belgium. The last one other than the duo to win it - Kaka himself in 2007.

We have seen France are efficient, and are able to stop teams from playing through them, but they are also very unsafe going forward. "Whatever happens, we will be happy and proud because we deserved it". Lloris' saves denied Belgium and Uruguay.

That bet would come in if France won, but would lose if Croatia won the tournament for the first time. France are a physically strong, defence-oriented team with a fast counter-attack.

France have shut out all the euphoria back home over their run to the World Cup final in order to play a flawless match against Croatia on Sunday, France captain Hugo Lloris said.

Was established as Bayern Munich's first-choice left-back as well as holding down the role for his country, a consistent performer who without question slots into this team ahead of current incumbent Lucas Hernandez.

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