World Cup final 2018: France Vs Croatia, What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and prediction

World Cup final 2018: France Vs Croatia, What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and prediction

 Croatia will now play with France in the final on Sunday 15th July.
The match begins at 4pm BST.

After making it all the way to the last four, England couldn’t progress to their first World Cup final since 1966. Gareth Southgate and his team ended their remarkable campaign with a 2-1 loss to Croatia, thanks to an extra-time strike by Mario Mandzukic.

Croatia were always dubbed ‘the ones to watch’. Their liquid football during the group stage was a lesson in how the sport should be played. The Croats barely broke a sweat against Nigeria and Iceland, while their 3-0 dismantling of Argentina was so brutal it probably shouldn’t have aired before the 9pm watershed.

Their form hasn’t transferred to the knockout stages, however. A tepid performance against Denmark required penalties to get them through, with Croatia also requiring a shootout against Russia to see them through the quarters.

However, the side still found it in them to force a 2-1 victory over England at the semi-final stage.

France didn’t have the most explosive start to the tournament, scraping wins against Australia and Peru and registering a 0-0 draw with Denmark in their final group game. However, France burst into life with a dynamic and creative performance in their Last 16 tie with Argentina, seeing them come out top in a 4-3 thriller. Finally, they earned their way into the semis with a 2-0 victory over Uruguay in a  quarter-final.

They edged past European neighbours Belgium with a 1-0 victory in the semis, thanks to a second-half header from defender Samuel Umtiti.

France squad

Goalkeepers: Alphone Areola (PSG), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)
Croatia squad

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

Strikers: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht)
Win probability

France- 48%

Croatia- 23%

Draw-29%

World Cup 2018: England vs. Croatia semifinal odds, lines, expert picks, and top insider predictions,live updates,live streaming, watch online

World Cup 2018: England vs. Croatia semifinal odds, lines, expert picks, and top insider predictions,live updates

Croatia and England- two nations who have been waiting years to put right the bitter memories of World Cup semi-final defeats will face each other on Wednesday in Moscow with the chance to finally go one step further.

England’s last appearance at this stage was in 1990 when they lost in a penalty shootout to West Germany in Turin while eight years later, in their first World Cup as an independent nation, Croatia lost to hosts and eventual winners France.

Croatia XI: Danijel Subasic; Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic; Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic; Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic; Mario Mandzukic

England XI: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane

While many outsiders view that unexpected Croatian run to the last four as a great success, inside the country many share the view of the team’s then manager Miroslav Blazevic that it was a missed opportunity.

England too left Italy 28 years ago feeling that the team featuring Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne could have gone all the way.

But neither side are in a mood for nostalgia or using the past as motivation.

While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded.

“We are not putting more pressure on ourselves with what happened in 1998,” said midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

England’s loss in 1990 was turned into a documentary film and has become a fabled part of the country’s “52 years of pain” since their 1966 World Cup triumph.

Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid for Juventus

After nine years at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving the global soccer giant for the Italian Serie A club Juventus. The deal is worth at least $340 million over four years.

Real Madrid confirmed with Sky Sport News on Tuesday that they agreed to sell the forward, with the two teams exchanging the fee.

After the official break up between the two, Juventus would later announce the four-year deal with Ronaldo.

The deal is worth “around £500,000-a-week.” That translates to around $663,222.

Ronaldo’s move shouldn’t come as a surprise because since he hinted his time with the club could be coming to end while donning a Real Madrid jersey in May after winning the Champions League final over Liverpool.

His testy relationship with team president Florentino Perez could’ve played a part as well after Perez tried to defuse rumors last year that Ronaldo was leaving.

Juventus is Italy’s most storied soccer club, but it can’t approach the scope and platform of Real Madrid.

Forbes’ latest ranking of the world’s most valuable soccer teams ranked Real second at $4.088 billion, a shade behind Manchester United, while Juventus ranked ninth at $1.472 billion.

Real’s revenues were $735 million, compared with $442 million for Juventus.

 

FIFA world cup semi final match France Vs Belgium prediction , betting tips, odds, how to watch live stream online, kick-off time, team news and line-ups, what TV channel, head to head history

FIFA world cup semi final match France Vs Belgium prediction

Two of Europe’s heavyweights meet in Saint Petersburg tonight as France and Belgium go head to head for a place in the World Cup final.

France take on Belgium on Tuesday night at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg for a place in Sunday’s World Cup Final.

Belgium have never reached the World Cup Final, having lost to West Germany in their sole semi-final appearance in 1986.

One favorite will advance to the 2018 World Cup final, while the other will see their dreams come to an end. France and Belgium meet on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET in the 2018 World Cup semifinals.

France is the favorite to win the entire tournament at 2-1 World Cup odds after opening at 10-1, while Belgium is right behind at 11-4 after opening at 15-1. France enters Tuesday’s clash against Belgium at +150 on the money line, meaning you’d need to bet $100 on a France victory to win $150.

Belgium enters this semifinal showdown at +200 (wager $100 to win $200), while a draw in regulation is +230. The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is 2.5.

Before you enter your 2018 World Cup picks for France vs. Belgium, you have to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say.

Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote “Soccermatics,” a book that explains how math works inside the sport. Together with other experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.

The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In nearly three seasons since its inception, the Soccerbot is up an incredible 1,800 percent on bookmakers’ closing odds.

The Soccerbot has dominated the World Cup knockout stage. It called for a draw in regulation for England-Colombia (+235) and for an English victory.

It was all over Brazil and Belgium to win in regulation in the round of 16. It also correctly predicted draws for Spain-Russia (+280) and Croatia-Denmark (+225). Earlier, the model nailed draws for Argentina-Iceland (+385) and Brazil-Switzerland (+360) and predicted Iran upsetting Morocco at +275, just to name a few of its big calls. Anyone who has followed it is way, way up.

Belgium’s golden generation has helped the Red Devils reach the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years.

And Belgium enters Tuesday’s Russia 2018 semifinal on a red-hot 24-game unbeaten streak. Belgium’s attack, which has already scored five goals in two knockout stage games, is led by star striker Romelu Lukaku, who has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 13 appearances for Belgium, scoring 17 and providing three assists.

Colombia vs. England 2018 World Cup

Colombia vs. England 2018 World Cup

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After England clinched a spot in the knockout round with a pair of wins in its first two games in Russia, manager Gareth Southgate decided to rest eight players for the Three Lions’ final group stage game against Belgium.

This was a game we wanted to win but the knockout is the biggest game for a decade for us and we had to make sure our key players were preserved,” Southgate said, via The Guardian, after England’s 1-0 loss.

You have to look at the bigger picture sometimes and make decisions which, in some quarters, might be criticized.

What England is trying to do is advance beyond the round of 16 for the first time since 2006, when it reached the quarterfinals. It won’t be easy against a Colombia squad led by striker Radamel Falcao, midfielder Juan Quintero and midfielder James Rodriguez.

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In 2014, Colombia qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998 and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to host Brazil, 2-1. Los Cafeteros, who needed a win over Senegal to get out of the group stage this year after dropping their opener to Japan, head into Tuesday’s match a confident bunch.

We are a better team than four years ago,” Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina told The Guardian. “We are together, more experienced and a stronger squad of players than we were in Brazil.

We have experience and good quality. Our players play in the best clubs, the best leagues, and are used to playing in matches of this size, so nothing will frighten us. England are a good team but we did not mind who it was we would face.

sweden vs switzerland world cup 2018 live updates

sweden vs switzerland world cup 2018 live updates

The coin toss: It’s first blood to Switzerland, whose skipper Valon Behrami calls correctly.

1 min: Emil Forsberg gets the ball rolling for Sweden, whose players line up in yellow shirts, blue shorts and yellow socks. They immediately lose the ball and Switzerland go on the attack. Xherdan Shaqiri tries a speculative shot on goal from distance, but larrups the ball wide.

2 min: Granit Xhaka concedes the first foul of the match, knocking Ola Toivonen to the ground. The ball’s floated into towards the far post by Ludwig Augustinsson, where Viktor Claesson attempts to head it across the face of goal. Switzerland clear.

4 min: Switzerland, for the record, are wearing red shirts, white shorts and red socks. Swiss forward Blerim Dzemaili concedes a free-kick in midfield for a shove on Emil Forsberg.

8 min: Marcus Berg is put through on goal and from a narrow angle, takes a wild slash at the ball and sends it hilariously wide and high into the stand. Moments previously, Switzerland’s Steven Zuber had tried to curl a shot past Robin Olsen after cutting inside from the left, but made life easy for the Swedish goalkeeper.

10 min: Panic in the Swiss defence, as they make a mess of a goal-kick and gift possession straight back to Sweden, specifically Berg. A crucial block from Manuel Akanji prevents Sweden from capitalising on the defensive gaffe. Albin Ekdal follows up on the rebound, but shoots high over the bar.

15 min: Xherdan Shaqiri curls a cross from the right in towards the head of Valon Behrami. His delivery is a mite too high and the ball sails out of play.

18 min: Sweden continue to press the Swiss defenders as they attempt to play the ball out from the back. A relatively new innovation brought to the attention of football hipsters by Jurgen Klopp in the past decade, this practice of putting your opponents under pressure was originally invented by the Republic of Ireland under Jack Charlton circa 1986.

25 min: Zuber sends a cross-field ball towards Shaqiri on the right touchline, but Sweden’s left-back Ludwig Augustinsson intercepts with a meaty header.

Blerim Dzemaili reacts after blasting over.

32 min: Sweden’s Mikael Lustig gets booked, a yellow card that means he will miss the next match if Sweden get through to the quarter-finals. It was a silly, needless foul, a pull on Josip Drmic to prevent the Swiss striker getting to the ball.

36 min: Switzerland win a corner, the ball going out of play off Svensson. Ricardo Rodriguez sends the ball deep, aiming for Michael Lang. It’s cleared, drops kindly for Shaqiri and he shoots. Mikael Lustig blocks.

45+1 min: Rodriguez crosses into the Sweden penalty area from the left. Olsen punches clear under pressure from Steven Zuber. That’s your lot for the first half.

Half-time: Sweden 0-0 Switzerland

Second half: Sweden 0-0 Switzerland

Spain Vs Russia today match

Spain Vs Russia today match

The Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup 2018 begins this Saturday. The following afternoon, Sunday 1st July, Spain will take on the hosts, Russia. Kick-off at 3:00pm according to uk time. As per IST 7:30.

Hosts Russia are all set to take on one of the firm favourites of the tournament, Spain, in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 fixture at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Russia, who have created quite a buzz with their performance in the first two group stage fixtures, will look to pull off the biggest upset so far in the tournament against 2010 champions Spain.

La Roja, on the other hand, are getting used to Fernando Hierro’s coaching ways after Lopetegui was sacked two days before their opening fixture against Portugal.

Spain will be wary of the threat that the hosts will bring into this game and will look to avoid any sort of upset in the FIFA World Cup knockout stage fixture. Let’s see how the two sides stack up before we make our FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match predictions.

SPAIN : De Gea; Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Koke, Iniesta; Asensio, Isco, Costa.

RUSSIA : Akinfeev; Fernandes, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin; Samedov, Golovin, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.

It is hard not to consider Spain as favourites in this FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 fixture. Although the Russians will be hoping for home advantage to play some role, the Spanish team has that experience to ward off any Russian challenge.

Obviously, even the bookmakers are predicting a Spain victory with odds of 4:7 while Russia have odds of 6:1 stacked against them.

 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Diego Maradona’s celebrations steal the show as Argentina beat Nigeria

FIFA World Cup 2018: Diego Maradona’s celebrations steal the show as Argentina beat Nigeria

As Argentina secured the final 16th spot in the 2018 World Cup knockouts stage defeating Nigeria in a 2-1 win, it was not the star players on the field that got everyone talking on Twitter. Football legend Maradona garnered all the attention from the stands and meme-makers are having a gala time.

Diego Maradona roared and gesticulated through every anguished second of Argentina’s rollercoaster World Cup victory over Nigeria on Tuesday before triggering alarm with a health scare after the final whistle.

Lionel Messi may have dominated the on-field action in Saint Petersburg, but from his VIP box in the stands Maradona reigned supreme as the undisputed centre of attention.

The 57-year-old football legend started the evening dancing playfully with a female Nigeria fan, saluting and waving to well-wishers applauding him in the moments before kick-off.

After a humiliating defeat in previous encounter and a tame draw in their group opener, Argentina finally won a thrilling match against Nigeria and secured their place in the next round. Staring at elimination, skipper Lionel Messi rose up to the occasion and put Argentina ahead in the 14th minute. But Nigeria equalised through a Victor Moses penalty in the 51st minute.

And while all this action on the field kept millions of fans around the world glued to their screens, it was legend Diego Maradona who stole the show from the stands.

Belgium Vs Panama FIFA world cup live updates

Belgium Vs Panama FIFA world cup live updates

Belgium‘golden generation’ have been handed what looks on paper to be the perfect game to ease themselves into this World Cup against fairytale qualifiers Panama.

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Group G play at the 2018 World Cup begins on Monday as all four teams are in action. But before England takes on Tunisia, it will be Belgium against tournament newcomers Panama in Sochi.

With how things played out with scheduling, Belgium won’t play England until the final group stage game, which means they could have their spot in the round of 16 booked by then. The Red Devils will need three points here in order to have a chance at clinching early, while Panama hopes to surprise in its first World Cup appearance.

Both teams appear to be healthy entering the match with no significant training injuries to report. Michy Batshuayi has looked good since his end-of-club-season injury, scoring in the last friendly against Costa Rica.

Mexico Shocks Germany 2018 FIFA world cup

Mexico Shocks Germany 2018 FIFA world cup

Hirving Lozano was the hero for Mexico as he scored the winner. Germany had the majority of possession in the second half where they were chasing the game but Mexican defenders stood like a rock and successfully defended the slender lead.

Lozano’s strike had helped Mexico take a 1-0 lead over defending champions Germany at halftime. The first half saw a flurry of chances fall for both Germany and Mexico.

However, it was Lozano’s perfectly taken shot that gave Mexico the lead in the 35th minute. Germany’s Toni Kroos struck a fine free-kick that was brilliantly saved by Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa

Germany came out all guns blazing in the second half, in search of the equaliser, but failed to penetrate Mexican defence as they suffered a 0-1 defeat in their opening Group F match. Hirving Lozano’s brilliant goal in the 35th minute gave Mexico a 1-0 lead at half-time break, and they defended the solitary goal till the end to register a memorable victory over the four-time champions.

Germany, the defending World Cup champion, has won the tournament four times, and was expected to seriously challenge for a fifth crown in Russia. But the Germans seemed flummoxed by the Mexicans’ speed and directness in the first half, and they couldn’t find a reply to Lozano’s goal.

The largely pro-Mexican crowd willed their team to victory in the final 20 minutes, when they gave up theinitiative but never surrendered.

put off by Mexico’s initiative, its willingness to attack in numbers and, perhaps most important, by its speed.

Lozano’s goal was the product of one such burst in the 35th minute. Led wide, and forward, by a pass from striker Javier Hernandez, Lozano turned Germany right back Joshua Kimmich inside out as he cut into the penalty area and pulled a right-footed shot inside goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s right post.

Germany will have work to do now, with games against Sweden and South Korea to come. But it has given up the wheel in the group to Mexico, which arrived in Russia with its most talented, most experienced, most highly regarded team in years. It surely now feels anything must be possible.