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With Croatia, an underdog that has stretched their third game in this World Cup to extra time, reaching the finals, thereby dumping another fan favourite - England - out of the World Cup, it remains to be seen if they can take on former World Cup victor France - the only team from the list of strong contenders that hasn't dropped out yet. "I don't know how they are doing it", Donovan said.

When the final whistle blew, they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys.

"We would like to host them and share with them the happiness of football, hoping that this can go some way to helping them after everything they've been through in the last few weeks".

Arriving in Russian Federation with plenty of doubters, he leaves having been one of the star performers of the World Cup, signing off by scoring France's third in their 4-2 defeat of Croatia in the final on Sunday afternoon. Their playing style may not be attractive, but it was certainly effective and they have made their country very proud. Three-straight games and they've played 90 extra minutes than any other team in the tournament. But the shock elimination of glamour teams like Brazil, Belgium, Argentina and defending cup-holders Germany cleared the way for less fancied teams to stake out a place in football folklore and history tonight. We did not forget the doubts about us at the beginning of the competition, about our ability to play together.

Croatia has just over 4 million people, the fourth-smallest of the 32 World Cup teams ahead of Panama, Uruguay and Iceland. "It will be a World Cup final, a great match, difficult". They lost the 2016 Euro final 1-0 to Portugal at Stade de France with a roster that included nine holdovers on this year's team. "They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic", Pogba said.

He said he was admiring France because it had many players with African roots but maintained he will "die" with Croatia, the presumed underdogs.

I have seen all their games played here, and one important thing is the fact that they have been improving with every game.

On the route to the final, France scored 10 goals, conceded four, and held their opponents scoreless in four games. This is France's World Cup.

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