Ottawa soccer fans gear up for World Cup final

Buyan a male Siberian brown bear chooses Croatia while attempting to predict the result of the FIFA World Cup final match between France and Croatia

Buyan a male Siberian brown bear chooses Croatia while attempting to predict the result of the FIFA World Cup final match between France and Croatia

France may have been criticized for the lack of flair they have shown on route to the final but Antoine Griezmann does not care, with the striker claiming Les Bleus will win ugly if they have to.

France will have the heartbreak of losing the Euro 2016 final two years ago as an extra source of motivation, too. What I want is success for the national team. "I am here with them to write a new page in history, a most lovely page".

"The 14 players I have integrated since the Euro final, they have only learned what playing a big tournament is all about here in Russian Federation, so of course the experience is less but the quality is there", he added.

"We've prepared everything to win the game even if its extra time or penalties".

They have played three consecutive extra-times and will turn up at the Luzhniki Stadium
not afraid of anything other than an early onset of exhausted legs.

However, far from seeing Croatia's extra workload as benefiting France, Lloris thinks it will only have strengthened their opponents' desire to win.

Croatia have done the same in Russian Federation, needing penalty kicks to beat Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before defeating England in extra time in the semi-finals.

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"We are far from thinking that we have reached our goal". Yet Croatia swept all three teams by a combined score of 7-1, allowing only a single goal in three matches. They have been relying on their world-class midfield duo of Luka Modric and Ivan Ratitic throughout the tournament and will surely hope that these 2 fire when it matters the most.

However, in the knock-outs, Croatia have laboured to victories, scraping past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties and beating England in extra-time.

"We have a very strong opponent in Croatia, so it will make an unbelievable final this year", said Yann-Alexandre Girard a fan of the French team.

They endured a gruelling route to the final and they were stretched to the limit during all three of their knockout round victories. 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.

Canada, of course, did not have a team in this year's tournament - or in any World Cup other than 1986, when it finished in last place and did not score a goal.

Self-proclaimed best defender in the world Dejan Lovren (what) will have a tough time against Olivier Giroud today (assuming he starts) but it's the full-backs who will really be challenged. That said, something about this pesky Croatian team makes it hard to pick again.

Mbappe walks away with the Golden Ball, but deep in our hearts we'll know N'golo Kante is its rightful owner. "Every coach knows that such matches can be won on tiny details, and sometimes the most irrational things". We stay as we are from the start of the tournament.

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