Paul Pogba inspires France to World Cup final victory over Croatia

We have not trained for the World Cup final,’ says Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic

Deschamps captained France to victory in their first World Cup final in 1998 and on Sunday could join Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer as the only men to have won the World Cup as both a player and a coach.

The two sides will meet on Sunday in the World Cup final, with France going for its second title in its third final in 20 years.

France has won the World Cup by defeating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.

France take on Croatia in thr 2018 World Cup final today at 4pm.

"They are a team playing in the World Cup final, a team with players who have a lot of experience".

"There is no euphoria here, we are all satisfied because we have reached this point, and this is the biggest game of the year", he said.

Pitana, a 43-year-old physical education teacher, has already refereed four matches at Russian Federation 2018, taking charge of Russian Federation v Saudi Arabia (Opening Game) and Mexico v Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, as well as the quarter-final between Uruguay and France.

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is unconcerned by the extra minutes played by his team ahead of the World Cup final against France. And yes, that includes France's first and only in 1998.

It looks as though they will have to dig deep once more to find the strength to play from behind.

Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia. If they're not we have great players on the bench who are raring to go. Les Bleus were level at 2-2 with the Albiceleste, but a clutch brace from Kylian Mbappe saw them secure the win before a consolation strike from Sergio Aguero.

We'll be counting down to kick-off ( 4pm United Kingdom / 6pm local time / 1am Australia) on this liveblog, bringing you all the choice cuts from The Guardian's World Cup coverage and keeping you abreast of any breaking news.

But Croatia had to battle from a goal down in all three of their knockout matches to beat Denmark, Russia and England and played extra time in all of them, needing penalties against the Danes and hosts Russia. "It has been hard for us but I am sure we will find the strength and motivation". Under FIFA's strict colour-clashing policy, Croatia would not be able to wear their black and navy blue even if they wanted to.

"We took the hard path, probably we will be the only team at a World Cup to have played eight games to get to a final if you tally up all the minutes", admitted Dalic.

An own goal from Mario Mandzukic and a penalty from man of the match Antoine Griezmann, given after intervention from the video referee, put France up 2-1 at half-time, with Ivan Perisic getting a temporary equalizer.

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