After Croatia’s defeat of England on Wednesday, 30 of the 32 teams in the 2018 World Cup have been eliminated. This Sunday, FIFA will crown its new champion – and it’s either going to be a tournament favorite or a country most didn’t give much of a chance heading into the event.
France and Croatia will square off this Sunday, July 15 in Moscow for the chance to be called world champion. The match will take place at 18:00 MSK, or 11:00 AM ET. The game will be played at Luzhniki Stadium. It will be broadcast on FOX.
France, undoubtedly, will be the favorite. The French have looked dominant most of the tournament, winning Group C before knocking out Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds.
Croatia, meanwhile, is the second-smallest nation to ever compete in a World Cup final. Croatia won Group D before knocking out Denmark, Russia and England. All three of their contests went to extra time – and two of them went to penalties.
Croatia’s win on Wednesday came on a magnificent goal from Mario Mandzukic in extra time:
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 11, 2018
Belgium and England will play in the third place game on Saturday, July 14. The game will take place at 10:00 AM ET at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.
France, of course, has won the World Cup before – back in 1998 when they hosted the tournament. Croatia has not – and will be seeking its first title.