Where to watch the France vs Croatia World Cup Grand Final in Australia
We’ve tracked down where to stream France vs Croatia in Australia so you don’t miss a minute of the action.
It all comes down to this. After a month full of adrenaline and quality football, the World Cup wraps up with an explosive final that will see France and Croatia giving it their all. The battle for the 21st World Cup championship is must-watch television, as one-time champions Les Bleus take on a team that reached the final for the first time in their history.
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The matchup was set after Croatia defeated England in the semifinal, outlasting the Three Lions in extra time. The team recovered beautifully after England took the lead 1-0 thanks to a Kevin Trippier goal early in the game. Croatia equalised via Perisic in the 68th minute and put up a good fight right until the end of the regular 90 minutes. However, none of the teams could find the winner, so the match went into extra time. Mandzukic scored a brilliant goal for Croatia in the 109th minute, crushing England’s dreams of bringing football home in the process. This is the first time Croatia has reached the World Cup final, so the team has a lot to prove when taking on France.
Meanwhile, Les Bleus breezed past Belgium in the semifinal, proving they can put on a great defence and have the talent to brilliantly execute unexpected attacks. It was a 1-0 victory, but more than enough to ensure France reaches the final stage of the tournament. Umiti scored for France early in the second half and the team’s defenders didn’t allow Belgium to find the net, with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris pulling off some brilliant saves.
Les Bleus had high expectations from the tournament, especially after losing the Euro 2016 final. Despite surviving a tough knockout-round road featuring the likes of Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium, France didn’t seem particularly creative, happy to only secure the goals they needed to advance. That may not be enough to stun the energetic Croatia, so Les Bleus are expected to bring their A game in the final. This is the third time the team has reached this stage of the competition. Previously, France defeated Brazil in 1998 and lost to Italy in 2006.
The Monday clash marks the third all-European final in the past four World Cups. The explosive match will take place at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
France vs Croatia: Kick off time and date in Australia
The clash kicks off at 1:00 AM AEST on Monday, 16 July 2018 here in Australia.
Where to watch France vs Croatia in Australia
Below are your options for live streaming the match locally.
|Provider||Type||Matches streamed||Monthly cost||Free trial?|
|SBS On Demand||Streaming app||All matches||Free||N/A|
|Optus Sport||Streaming app||All matches||$14.99 (Free until 31 August 2018)||No|