World Cup Chat: Croatia out to make history in mouth-watering final showdown against France

Chris Chang leads TVNZ's football buffs in looking at what to expect from the FIFA World Cup final. Source: 1 NEWS

France and Croatia will face off in the World Cup final on Monday morning after the two European teams made it through in a tournament full of upsets.

On Thursday Croatia eliminated England 2-1 in their semi-final - dashing fans' hopes of a match with their rivals from across the English Channel.

Chris Chang leads 1 NEWS' football buffs in breaking down what's ahead in the France-Croatia final.


'Just madness' - World Cup loss leads to massive spike in street violence in England

England's semi-final loss to Croatia at the World Cup this morning has led to a spike in emergency callouts across the country.

Mass brawls are being reported across England just hours after the final whistle of the 2-1 extra time loss with ambulance callouts in the West Midlands region spiking to 240 in the hour following the game - a 100 per cent increase on the previous hour.

Assistant Chief Nathan Hudson of the West Midlands Ambulance Service tweeted an image of the callout spike, asking fans to get home safe and not regret their actions.

"Activity has erupted as the final whistle blows, assaults, large scale fights, just madness," he said.

London's Metropolitan Police has also tweeted about the activity, giving a warning that nothing would be tolerated.

England were knocked out of this year's tournament after Croatia came from behind to win when Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute.



'Incredible' - Ivan Vicelich leads Auckland Croatian community's World Cup celebrations after England win

Former All White Ivan Vicelich was among Auckland's Croatian community, celebrating their side's historic Football World Cup semi-final victory over England in Moscow this morning.

As striker Mario Mandzukic fired his shot home past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Croatia earned a trip to the World Cup final on Monday NZT, where they'll meet France for the chance to take home the Jules Rimmet trophy.

Chris Chang and Simon Plumb are live from the pub after this morning's semi-final. Source: 1 NEWS

Vicelich, 41, was on hand with a large portion of Auckland's Croatian community in Te Atatu, ecstatic over their side's win.

"I said before the game that any employer that's got an employee that's Croatian, if they win then they'll need a day off," he said.

TVNZ's Matty McLean was on hand as Croatia sealed a spot in the World Cup final. Source: 1 NEWS

"We love football, football's in the blood.

"I can only imagine what the scenes are back in Croatia, it'll be absolutely crazy on the streets.

"Whether we win or lose the final, it's incredible just to be there."

The former All White was in tow as Croatia defeated England 2-1 this morning. Source: 1 NEWS