Top 3 Peak Moments of the week: Mandzukic, Lovren & Croatia star, France await in final

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    #1 France shut out Belgium

    On Tuesday, the French side didn’t have as much of the ball as the somewhat dominant Belgians, but they broke forward effectively all game which troubled the Red Devils.

    The single Les Blues goal arrived from a set-piece – headed home by Samuel Umtiti from an Antoine Griezmann delivery and breaking Belgium hearts.

    Didier Deschamps won the title as a player and captain of the side in 1998 will have a second chance of being called champions of the world with the French team – this time as manager of the side.

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    #2 Mandzukic sends Croatia into historic final

    Having previously played two gruelling games against Denmark and Russia in the finals, the Croats would’ve wanted to avoid another physically draining game against England.

    However, it ended 1-1 after normal time and Zlatko Dalic’s side faced another 30 minutes of football.

    Mario Mandzukic proved to be the hero as his left-footed strike from close range with 10 minutes to play in extra-time sent the European nation into their final at the global showpiece.

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    #4 Lovren primed for personal honour

    Having seen his Croatia side defeat England, Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren would be the first man since Thierry Henry in 2006 to feature in the Champions League final and the quadrennial tournament in the same year.

    Having endured a somewhat average season last term which only saw his fortunes change at the turn of the year, it’ll be the perfect way to prove doubters wrong if his nation make history.

    He’ll, however, hope not to suffer Henry’s fate as the Frenchman ended on the losing side on both occasions 12 years ago. The Reds defender has already lost the European final to Real Madrid and he’ll have to turn in another huge display against massive favourites France in the final.