France not expecting exhausted Croatia in World Cup final

World Cup 2018 Final: Pogba speaks on France vs Croatia match

"Croatia has players with great club experience and their squad has been together for a long time but every team we've faced here has been more experienced".

Didier Deschamps has warned his France players they must be calm, confident and keep their concentration in Sunday's World Cup final against Croatia in Moscow.

It will be France's first World Cup final for 20 years, and Croatia's first ever appearance on the biggest stage of them all.

Canada, of course, did not have a team in this year's tournament - or in any World Cup other than 1986, when it finished in last place and did not score a goal.

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Croatia, playing in their first ever major global final, were beaten in the 1998 semifinals by France. "All my players tell me if they are not 100 percent fit".

They have since proved too strong for the Argentines, Uruguay and Belgium, and they are rightly favourites in the final, which is a repeat of the 1998 semi-final.

"We'll approach it differently and hope that we play really well and win it". And yes, that includes France's first and only in 1998. I am at the service of my players but the match belongs to them.

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Les Bleus laboured through their group, beating Australia and Peru by the odd goal and drawing with Denmark in the only goalless game of the tournament. But I have no star either although there is one on my shirt. The likes of Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric & Mario Mandzukic have played in Champions League finals, and know exactly what it takes to win a football match. Under FIFA's strict colour-clashing policy, Croatia would not be able to wear their black and navy blue even if they wanted to.

France led, 2-1, at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic briefly bringing first-time finalists Croatia level.

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Ivan Perisic, who scored and set up Mario Mandzukic's victor in a 2-1 semifinal win over England, was among five Croatian players to miss training on Friday. We have to leave emotions aside and give more than we've given on the pitch in the previous matches because it's the cup final.

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Before half time Perisic put in a risky cross into the box but Ante Rebic couldn't quite get his shot right as they pushed for an equalizer and went close from two more set pieces before the break.

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