France v Croatia: Fifa World Cup final 2018 stats, line-up predictions, history, previous winners, HK time, match

All the statistics and information you need to know as France and Croatia get set to bring Russia 2018 to a close in Moscow

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 July, 2018, 4:14pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 July, 2018, 4:14pm

We’re almost there – the 2018 World Cup final in Russia goes down on Sunday, and history awaits either France of Croatia.

Ahead of the game, which kicks off at 11pm Hong Kong time, here are all the statistics and nuggets of information that you need to know.

The final will be played in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which was opened in 1956 and has a capacity of 80,000. Built in the 1950s as the flagship stadium of the Soviet Union, it hosted the 1980 Olympic Games and the 2008 Champions League final, when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties.

The match ball on Sunday is the Telstar 2018, a modern interpretation of the iconic Telstar used from 1970-74, based on a similar carcass to the 2014 Brazuca.

Coaches

France are helmed by Didier Deschamps, who had a distinguished playing career as a defensive midfielder for Les Bleus.

The 49-year-old scored 4 goals in 103 caps, and lifted the 1998 World Cup on home soil as well as the 2000 European Championship in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic was also a defensive midfielder in his playing days, but never earned an international cap.

He was previously an assistant coach for the Croatia Under-21 team, and managed Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates before taking the national job in 2017.

Captains

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris of Tottenham in the Premier League wears the armband for France, while Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is Croatia’s skipper.

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Head-to-head: France 3 wins, 2 draws

Recent meetings: France 0-0 Croatia (2011), Croatia 2-2 France (2004)

Road to the final :

World Cup records

Games: France W33 D13 L19, Croatia W11 D4 L7

Appearances: France 15, Croatia 5

Best finish: France – winner (1998), Croatia – 3rd (1998)

2014 performance: France – quarter-finals, Croatia – group stage

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Competition statistics

Goals scored: France 10, Croatia 12

Goals against: France 4, Croatia 5

Total shots: France 75, Croatia 100

Shots on target: France 24, Croatia 26

Passes completed: France 2,331, Croatia 2,757

Corners: France 19, Croatia 34

Possession: France 49 per cent, Croatia 54 per cent

Goals

Kylian Mbappe (France) – 3

Antoine Griezmann (France) – 3

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) – 2

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) – 2

Luka Modric (Croatia) – 2

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Total shots

Perisic – 20

Griezmann – 19

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) – 14

Olivier Giroud (France) – 14

Ante Rebic (Croatia) – 13

Passes

Modric – 368

N’Golo Kante (France) – 317

Rakitic – 309

Raphael Varane (France) – 276

Dejan Lovren (Croatia) – 275

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Probable line-ups

France (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud

Croatia (4-4-1-1): Subasic, Vrsalkjo, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rebic, Rakitic, Modric, Perisic, Kramaric, Mandzukic

Previous World Cup winners :

1930 – Uruguay (host: Uruguay)

1934 – Italy (Italy)

1938 – Italy (France)

1950 – Uruguay (Brazil)

1954 – West Germany (Switzerland)

1958 – Brazil (Sweden)

1962 – Brazil (Chile)

1966 – England (England)

1970 – Brazil (Mexico)

1974 – West Germany (West Germany)

1978 – Argentina (Argentina)

1982 – Italy (Spain)

1986 – Argentina (Mexico)

1990 – West Germany (Italy)

1994 – Brazil (US)

1998 – France (France)

2002 – Brazil (South Korea/Japan)

2006 – Italy (Germany)

2010 – Spain (South Africa)

2014 – Germany (Brazil)