Fans rally ahead of final push for glory

NT News - - NEWS - WILL ZWAR

FRENCH­MAN Guil­laume Bucher won’t be at work on Mon­day.

He hopes he will still be cel­e­brat­ing af­ter Mon­day morn­ing’s World Cup final against Croa­tia.

Mr Bucher plans to watch the game, which kicks off at 12.30am, at Ho­tel Dar­win, along with dozens of his com­pa­tri­ots.

“I al­ready said to my boss to not call me for work,” he said.

“I’ll be with friends of mine and any other French peo­ple who are go­ing to join.”

He said he was con­fi­dent the Cup will be head­ing to France but didn’t want to un­der­es­ti­mate the Croats.

“Croa­tia has proved they are a re­ally tough team; they have been play­ing some good foot­ball against good teams,” he said. “Hon­estly, when I see the rest of the World Cup, I’m not 100 per cent sure, but maybe 60 per cent we’ll win.”

Croat La­tia Gr­bac will also be watch­ing the game at a pub, but hop­ing for a dif­fer­ent re­sult.

“Watch­ing their skills es­pe­cially Luka Mo­dric, he is one of a kind – they have def­i­nitely been the penalty shootout kings,” she said.

“(I’m) very ner­vous … how­ever ex­cited at the same time, Croa­t­ians are a very proud bunch so even if we do not get a win, mak­ing it this far is an ac­com­plish­ment.”

Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY

Croa­t­ian fan La­tia Gr­bac's team will face off against Guil­laume Bucher’s France

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