David Lee in Russia: Life-changing moment within reach for World Cup finalists France and Croatia

Kylian Mbappe, just 19, has been the revelation of the World Cup. The Frenchman has terrorised defences throughout the tournament and is the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score a brace in a game.
Kylian Mbappe, just 19, has been the revelation of the World Cup. The Frenchman has terrorised defences throughout the tournament and is the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score a brace in a game.PHOTO: REUTERS

Fortified France hold the aces against Croatian fighters searching for historic World Cup title

Two men, in rapid Spanish, are arguing in Moscow's Red Square. They are photojournalists and colleagues from the same Mexican agency. There is only one media pass to tonight's World Cup final and both want it.

They contemplated shooting one half each, but reached an impasse as both want the picture of the winners lifting the trophy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 15, 2018, with the headline 'Life-changing moment in reach'. Print Edition | Subscribe