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VOETBAL: WK 2018 preview finale: Frankrijk - Kroatië infographic
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Frankrijk - Kroatië

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July 15, 2018 -- Frankrijk en Kroatië strijden in de finale van het WK Voetbal in het Moskouse at Moscow’s Luzjniki Stadion in Rusland, waar de winnaar tot Wereldkampioen gekroond zal worden.
Frankrijk brengt een generatie van aanvallende sterren en individuele glans in de topwedstrijd; Kroatië met de talisman-achtige middenvelder
Luka Modric als aanvoerder, heeft gedurende het hele toernooi indruk gemaakt.

France started slowly in the group stage with narrow victories over Australia and Peru, before drawing with Denmark. The 1998 champions sparked into life against Lionel Messi’s Argentina, notable for a captivating performance by PSG’s €180m teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, one of the youngest players in the tournament. Les Bleus then dispatched Uruguay in clinical fashion in the quarter-finals, and saw off Belgium in the final four to reach their third World Cup final.

Croatia, boasting the talents of Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Ratikic, breezed through the group stages, which included a spirited victory over Argentina. Despite faltering in the knock-out stages, with matches against Denmark and Russia going to intense penalty shoot-outs and extra-time needed to secure a semi-final victory over England, their resilience and ability to perform under pressure has seen them reach a first final as an independent nation in any major tournament.

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