Croatia and France have little in common — except a desire to win the World Cup

Both teams won their groups, but in the knockout stages France rallied to beat Argentina, then shut out both Uruguay and Belgium. Croatia, meanwhile, trailed in all three of its knockout games before winning each in either extra time or in a penalty-kick shootout, making it the first team in World Cup history to win three straight extra-time games and the first to overcome three deficits en route to the final.