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Matchups in Sunday's World Cup final between France, Croatia

Jul. 14, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A look at the matchups in Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia: GOALKEEPERS French fans were concerned about Hugo Lloris, who set the tone for a shaky season with Tottenham last August when he allowed Marcos Alonso's 10-yard shot in the 88th minute to slip under his body,...

Paths to the final: France's was simple, Croatia's brutal

Jul. 14, 2018 10:27 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — France and Croatia started their paths to the World Cup final similarly, needing a little help from their foes and officials to get their first wins. Both have benefited from great goalkeeping along the way. And both racked up goals against Argentina to help send the two-time champions home....

Reasons why France will win the World Cup

Jul. 14, 2018 10:26 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — With a squad valued at over $1 billion dollars that includes teenager Kylian Mbappe, a coach who won the World Cup as a player in 1998 and a day more than Croatia to rest and prepare for the final, France should win soccer's most coveted trophy for the second time. After a labored opening 2-1...

A capsule look at the France-Croatia World Cup final

Jul. 13, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

A capsule look at Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow (11 a.m. EDT, 6 p.m. local): WHY FRANCE WILL WIN Les Bleus have an average age of just over 26, one of the youngest in the tournament, and an exciting, speedy spark in 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who will be difficult for Croatia to...

Famous dive in last France-Croatia World Cup match

Jul. 12, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — One of the most notorious dives in soccer history took pace the last time France played Croatia in the World Cup. Les Bleus led Croatia by a goal in their 1998 semifinal at Stade de France when French defender Laurent Blanc gave Slaven Bilic a slight shove on the chest in jostling during a...

The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final. Lovren says "I deserve this" after Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England, and used an expletive to...

Mick Jagger went to see England and England lost, again

Jul. 11, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In a literal case of life imitating art, Mick Jagger went to see England and England lost. The Rolling Stones frontman was at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday to see Croatia beat England 2-1 in extra time in the World Cup semifinals. Last year, Jagger unexpectedly released a pair of solo...

The Latest: Pogba dedicates France win to freed Thai players

Jul. 10, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Paul Pogba has paused after the biggest win of his international career to dedicate it to the Thai soccer team whose last members were freed from a flooded cave hours earlier. The France midfielder took to Twitter shortly...

Superb defense takes France close to another World Cup title

Jul. 10, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — France's defense made the difference — on both sides of the field. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kept out the shots and defender Samuel Umtiti scored the winning goal from a corner. It was France's backline, not its slick attackers, that carried the team to the World Cup final...

A capsule look at the France-Belgium World Cup semifinal

Jul. 9, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

A capsule look at Tuesday's World Cup semifinal between France and Belgium in St. Petersburg, Russia (2 p.m. EDT, 9 p.m. local): WHY FRANCE WILL WIN Kylian Mbappe, just 19, has been the most dynamic player in the tournament, and Belgium's defenders have struggled at times. WHY BELGIUM WILL WIN Romelu Lukaku, Eden...