France vs. Croatia odds, lines, expert picks, and insider predictions


They might have played 90 minutes more than us [due to extra-time in the last three matches] but the most determined team will win on Sunday. The result: Croatia stamped its ticket to the Russian Federation 2018 final with a thrilling 2-1 victory.

Croatia beat Russian Federation on penalties in Sochi on July 8 to book a spot in the World Cup semi-finals, while England outclassed Sweden 2-0 the day before Croatia's victory. "But we have overcome so much adversity in this World Cup that it would be hard to bet against Croatia". "Nobody gave up", said Dalic, whose team have played the equivalent of one match more than the French.

"We were louder, they were carrying us, they picked us up when we were not in control of the game", Dalic said of the supporters.

"By the end several players were out on their feet and we were down to 10".

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Zlatko Dalic said that dealing with the prospect of facing France in the World Cup final on Sunday would wait as Croatia celebrated an historic first appearance in football's showpiece event.

England defender Kyle Walker, ahead of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia, also welcomed the news and offered to send them football shirts.

Semi-final against England and presumptuous English media: "We were the better team in the second half and in extra-time".

After all, little pleasure has been derived from the national team in the last 20 years.

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"It's going to be very hard but I'm sure we'll find all the energy and the motivation we need". Termed as one of the "dark horses" at the start of the tournament in Russia, the side led by midfielder Luka Modric have gone past the likes of Denmark, Russia and England to seal a spot in the final against France.

"For us, we are not the favourites". Due to how the bracket was shaping up, it appeared as though neither team would want to win the match, as whichever team wound up winning the group would be placed into the "side of death" that was forming. "They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic", Pogba said. They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me.

"So we have got to look at the progress we've made and, as the players get more experienced and there are other young players to come through that we think are very exciting as well, then slowly the style of play and threat we pose can evolve even more".

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