France will go up against Croatia in the World Cup last on Sunday. It is France’s third last ever, after they took the crown on home soil in 1998 and completed second in 2006, losing to Italy on punishments. Croatia were semi-finalists in 1998, completing third subsequent to beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the third place put off, having been denied a place in the last by France and two objectives from Lilian Thuram. Since ’98, Croatia have never gone more distant than the gathering stages, and did not fit the bill for 2010. France have the family and the history, however nobody, in particular Didier Deschamps, will disparage Zlatko Dalic’s side.

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