Croatia have brought joy to their Balkan nation of just four million people by defying the odds to progress to the final while reigning champions Germany, then Argentina and Brazil all fell by the wayside in Russian Federation. Kante is about more than simply snuffing out danger in front of the France backline, he can move well with the ball, is key to the side's counterattacks and can score from distance.
Les Bleus laboured through their group, beating Australia and Peru by the odd goal and drawing with Denmark in the only goalless game of the tournament. "It will be a match they will be ready for and I don't think extra time or penalties has been or will be a handicap for them".
The great, cavernous Luzhniki, by a bend in the Moscow River, will be the scene of the drama, but the biggest celebrations will take place on the streets of the winning country. "We need to perform at a high level and deliver a flawless match to win", said the goalkeeper. But as previously observed, national teams that have endured multiple extra time periods have historically won their next game as often as they have lost. We will face a high-quality opponent and they deserve as much credit as we do. But Abhishek Bachchan and Arjun Kapoor did not reveal on their post, who they supporting in the finals.
Croatia have shown impressive resolve to withstand three successive matches that went to extra-time - Mario Mandzukic´s victor in the 109th minute defeated England in the semi-final on Wednesday.
However, Croatias leading marksman was not kept out for long, as he latched onto Perisics flick to fire home what proved to be the victor as Croatia booked their first ever spot in a World Cup final. "Simply, the players know what that is", the coach said. Their results haven't always reflected the talent in their team, and they were given just a five per cent chance of reaching the final by our statistical model. But if they will be unable to give their all, they will tell us. "We are up against players of a high quality and with lots of experience", Matuidi said.
The two sides will meet on Sunday (Monday NZT) in the World Cup final, with France going for their second title in their third final in 20 years.
The win in Kaliningrad put Croatia in a strong position after Argentina were held to a surprise 1-1 draw by Iceland in their Group D opener.