BITTER EXPERIENCE: Losing 1-0 to Portugal in the final of the European Championship on home soil two years ago was agonizing for Les Bleus and made them even more motivated to win now. But, if Croatia concede early, it could be an exhibition of football from France.
"Paul Pogba is having a great World Cup".
The match at the Luzhniki Stadium is set to kick off at 15h00 GMT.
The Inter Milan man hauled Croatia back to level terms in stunning fashion. "Everyone is here for France to win", said Sarah, 21, who came with six of university friends.
Referee Nestor Pitana needed the assistance of the Video Assistant Referees to call for the penalty amid protests from the Croats. Grizou (Antoine Griezmann), you too. We are aware of the euphoria in France but we're far from the idea that it's all done.
Key to France's change is that a lot of veterans have been left out.
France dictated the pace of the game with Griezmann's speed troubling the plucky Croats.
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Mbappe picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, glided towards Croatia territory before sending a fizzing shot past Subasic into the bottom left-hand corner.
Mandzukic capitalised on on some shocking goalkeeping from Lloris to pause France's celebrations.
Didier Deschamps is on the cusp of emulating Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer who have won the World Cup as a player as well as a manager with Brazil and West Germany respectively. "If they will be unable to give their all during the match I expect them to tell us".
Every four years many of those players participate in the FIFA World Cup while some propel their national teams to win the greatest prize in global football and fulfill their dream, some keep trying to no avail.
"The majority of the players weren't present during the Euro but for those who were it was hard to digest", France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said during the pre-game press conference here at the Luzhniki Stadium on Saturday.
She says the World Cup has given people something positive to hold onto with more recent events, including the attacks in Paris, still raw in the country's psyche.