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World Cup Final: France vs Croatia: All you need to know, probable starting XI



France will clash with Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

The Didier Deschamps’s men head into the game following a 1-0 victory against Belgium in the semi-final encounter played on Tuesday night, thanks to defender, Samuel Umtiti’s second half goal.

The Les Blues are bidding for their second World Cup crown after lifting the trophy in 1998 on home soil.

France have never lost in their five previous meetings against the Croats, winning three, including the most high-profile one, which came in the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup.

Thuram scored twice in that match as France came from a goal down to win 2-1 en route to the trophy, and their only other meeting at a major tournament was a 2-2 draw at Euro 2004.

The two sides have only met once since that latter contest, and that ended in a goalless friendly stalemate at the Stade de France in March 2011.

The main injury doubts for France ahead of the clash is midfielder, Blaise Matuidi, who was forced off against Belgium following a collision with Eden Hazard.

Matuidi, however, is expected to start against Croatia after he was cleared of concussion.

France coach, Didier Deschamps could,, therefore name an unchanged side from the semi-final.

Deschamps is already on the verge of history as he bids to become only the third man after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager for France.

Meanwhile Croatia heads into the game after beating England 2-1 in the semi-final encounter played on Wednesday night.

Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic has no new injuries worries in his squad ahead of the game.

Dalic is expected to feature an unchanged squad that started against the Three Lions.

Croatia captain, Luka Modrid will play in the midfield and will be assisted by Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic.

Juventus striker, Mario Mandzuki Perisic will lead the attack line for Dalic’s men and will be supported by Perisic, who was Croatia’s main danger man against England.

France’s potential starting XI: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; Giroud

Croatia’s potential starting XI: Subasic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Rebic, Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic; Mandzukic

The kick off time for the match is 4pm.


Chelsea told to appoint former EPL manager as Sarri’s replacement




Former Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman, has told Chelsea to appoint former Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement at Stamford Bridge.

Seaman believes Wenger would be a great choice to replace Sarri at the West London club.

He stated this ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 second-leg tie with Malmo on Thursday night.

Sarri, who joined Chelsea last summer, has been under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge due to the club’s recent poor performances.

“Arsene Wenger would be great at Chelsea, I think. He’d be great anywhere, he’s a fantastic manager,” Seaman said on talkSPORT.

“Arsene always said he wouldn’t come back to the Premier League because of his love for Arsenal that he wouldn’t feel right competing against Arsenal.

“But obviously time’s a healer and he could think. I want to go back there and prove a few people wrong.”

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Eagles assistant coach, Chukwuma Agbo is dead




The Assistant Coach, Beach Soccer national team for the Super Sand Eagles, Chukwuma Agbo has been reported dead.

His death came barely 10 days after the demise of Taiwo Ogunjobi, who passed on, on Monday, Feb. 11.

Agbo, former Rangers International and Delta Force Head Coach’s death was confirmed on Wednesday by the Nigeria Football

Federation (NFF).

In a tweet via its official Twitter handle (@thenff), the NFF said Agbo’s death was sad:

“Yet another painful loss! We are sad to hear of the passing of Assistant Coach of our Beach Soccer National team, the Super Sand Eagles, Chukwuma Agbo.

‘‘Our prayers are with his family at this time. May his soul rest in peace,” the NFF said.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that Agbo died on Wednesday after a brief illness.

The late Agbo, who resigned as the head coach of Delta Force in January, led the club to the Nigeria National League, NNL Super 8, where they ended fourth in Group B.

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Jesus, Stones to miss Schalke 04 clash tonight




Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his side will be without Gabriel Jesus and John Stones when they tackle Schalke 04 in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday night.

Guardiola said Jesus and Stones are both injured and are yet to recover.

According to the Spaniard, Jesus has a hamstring injury, while Stones is suffering from a groin injury.

Guardiola’s men head to the game following a 6-0 victory over Chelsea in a Premier League encounter two weeks ago.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s clash at the Veltins-Arena Stadium, Guardiola was quoted by Caughtoffside as saying: “John has a groin problem, Gabriel had a hamstring, not a big one for both according to the doctor but enough for them not to be here.”

The kick-off time for the match is 9pm.

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