Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Hong Kong’s French and Croatian residents gear up for World Cup final

Hong Kong’s French and Croatian residents gear up for World Cup final

Dejan Lovren, Ivan Rakitić, Luka Modrić and Mario Mandžukić have all played in Champions League finals, but are two, four, six and seven years past peak age for their positions.

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. Hugo Lloris has made sensational saves in the wins over Uruguay and Belgium, Raphael Varane was superb in the semi-final win over the latter, while a superstar midfield of N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba exert total dominance - in attack and defence - in every game. Both of them are maestros in their own way and are major contenders to win the Golden Ball on Sunday.

Didier Deschamps' charges were touted as one of the favourites to win the tournament and have up to now met those expectations, albeit not always in convincing fashion.

"You have to live with your times", Deschamps told the press.

"The French like to chant a lot, there's lots of chanting, they bring drums, and they have their local sayings".

It's been a different story in the knockout rounds.

"They know what is at stake in the final, how great it is to play in the final".

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"Croatia isn't a big country, but everyone follows the World Cup".

Luka Modric and company also topped their group by beating Nigeria, Argentina, and Iceland.

Croatia then went on to play in three consecutive extra time games, coming out victorious with penalty kicks against Denmark and Russian Federation before toppling England in 120 minutes in the semi-finals. There is a reason why no team has ever taken this path to the final before - there is only so many miles men can run before they collapse.

This is a battle between two players at the opposite stages of their careers. In extra-time nobody wanted to be substituted. "If I do it it'll be something I'm very proud of".

"I hope we will overcome those today and that all my players will be ready to play in the final". They did not look like a side who were playing extra time for a third time in a row.

After a thrilling tournament in Russian Federation, the World Cup final is finally upon us.

"Football has changed where the big nations, the powerful nations, don't just go out there and kill the weaker nations", says former Socceroo and SBS football analyst David Zdrilic. He could be a cause of problem with his aerial prowess while Ivan Perisic was a threat throughout as Croatia saw off England.

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