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- The 2018 FIFA World Cup final in Russia kicks off onSunday, July 15.
- France and Croatia fight for the right to hold the FIFA World Cup trophy aloft, bringing a thrilling competition to a close.Here’s everything you need to know – including how you can stream the game live online.
- Read all of Business Insider’s World Cup coverage right here.
It’s happening – the 2018 FIFA World Cup final kicks off today.
The 2018 World Cup – a festival of soccer that only happens once every four years – has defied expectations, eliminated tournament favourites like Brazil, France, and Germany, and has left just two teams to battle it out for a place in Sunday’s final.
If you don’t know when the final starts or how you can watch each match live online, fear not – Business Insider has your back.
When is the 2018 FIFA World Cup final?
The tournament final begins on Sunday, July 15 and will be contested between France and Croatia.
The FIFA World Cup final is the last game that takes place in the Russian-run competition and is scheduled to take place at the 81,000 capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Here’s what time the 2018 World Cup final will start in major cities across different time zones on Sunday, July 15.
- London (BST): 4 p.m.
- New York (ET): 11 a.m.
- Chicago (CT): 10 a.m.
- Denver (MT): 9 a.m.
- Las Vegas (PT): 8 a.m.
- Los Angeles (PT): 8 a.m.
- Honolulu (HAST): 5 a.m.
- Sydney (AET): 1 a.m. (Friday).
- Tokyo (JST): 12 a.m (Friday).
- Moscow (MSK): 6 p.m.
- Paris (CEST): 5 p.m.
Why should I watch?
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Some of the biggest soccer nations of all time may have suffered humiliating eliminations from this World Cup, but the teams that are left have shown resilience, elite team-play, and moments of individual magic.
France forward Kylian Mbappé is only 19 years old but is playing with a maturity that belies his age. His stunning performance against Argentina may have heralded in a new era in sport, where the soccer industry can finally see the future beyond the two biggest names it currently has to offer – Lionel Messi of Argentina, and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
But standing in Mbappé’s way is Croatia. The Croatians have not won a match in normal time since the group stage, but have shown incredible match management to eliminate the likes of Denmark, Russia, and England. The latter victory perhaps the sweetest, as Croatia mercilessly trolled England and English soccer in the immediate aftermath.
Croatia also has some of the most creative and marvellous midfielders that international soccer has to offer, and have been able to grind out penalty shootout victories under immense pressure. Croatia has great experience in its roster, and has witnessed extraordinary performances from midfield trio Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić, and Ivan Perišić.
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There is one thing that is guaranteed with the 2018 FIFA World Cup final – the entertainment value that has driven this tournament will continue to deliver. And it will be delivered to an astonishing number of homes as the 2014 final was watched live by over one billion people.
How can I watch live?
For UK audiences, the World Cup final match will be broadcast on ITV. To watch ITV’s matches live online, visit the broadcaster’s hub right here.