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World Cup final: France train in all seriousness for Croatia tie

Jul 13, 2018 17:08 IST
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France have been surprised by the physical fortitude of Croatia and are not expecting a tired opponent in Sunday’s World Cup final. Croatia have been forced into extra time in each of their three knockout matches, edging Denmark and hosts Russia on post-match penalties before scoring late in added play to come from behind and beat England in Wednesday’s semi-final in Moscow. France by contrast have won all of their matches since the round of 16 inside 90 minutes, effectively playing a full match less than Croatia at the tournament in Russia. France and Croatia have faced five times previously, with France winning three of those games (in 1998, 1999 and 2000) and the other two games ending as draws (2004 and 2011). Video: SNTV.