Odd couple to battle it out
That also means Croatia has played 360 minutes in the knockout rounds, the equivalent of one more full game than France, which also had an extra day of rest between its semifinal and the final.
Given the speed and physicality of a French attack led by Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba, fatigue could be a problem for Croatia.
France’s defense has proved difficult to break down. It gave up one goal in the group stage then struggled a bit with Argentina in the final 16, giving up goals just before and after the intermission to trail for the only time in the tournament.
“No matter what happens in the final, this is the greatest success story in Croatian sport,” said captain Luka Modric, left. Belgium vs. England 10 a.m. Saturday France vs. Croatia 11 a.m. Sunday