Football fans across the World continue to test their managerial skills on SokkaaStars World Cup Fantasy game. The tournament will come to an end this weekend when France takes on Croatia in the final on Sunday. The French defeated Belgium 1-0 to reach their third final in history. They will face a golden generation from a central European nation that has never reached the final before. This makes it interesting for neutrals. England could not stop them and Didier Deschamps will try to stop them from creating history. The focus now shifts to the Sunday final, but we want to see how top stars performed in our five categories in the just concluded semi-final stage on SokkaaStars World Cup Fantasy game. Take a look at five stars who made the last four team. It is easy to play the game and you stand a chance of winning $25 if you emerge top of the rank at the end of each of the seven rounds.
Defender 1: Raphael Varane [France] – 12 Points
Raphaël Varane made more headed clearances (4) than any other player during France's semi-final with Belgium.
A strong aerial display. pic.twitter.com/D77MpkfVX7
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 12, 2018
France boss Didier Deschamps realized his side will not need to play an open game against a more talented Belgium team in the semi-final. He set-up the team to play more defensively with a sole aim of getting the win on the break. The backline had to be strong and Raphael Varane was not entertaining any nonsense. He made a good number of blocks and clearances to keep a valuable clean sheet. The performance earned him 12 points to finish top of Defender 1 category on SokkaaStars World Cup Fantasy game.
Defender 2: Samuel Umtiti [France] – 24 Points
1998: France defender Lilian Thuram scores the winner to send Les Bleus to the World Cup final.
2018: France defender Samuel Umtiti scores the winner to send Les Bleus to the #WorldCup final. pic.twitter.com/KVZdQ4JRmw
— SBS – The World Game (@TheWorldGame) July 10, 2018
In 1998, Lilian Thuram scored two great goals to knock out Croatia in the semi-finals. The defender was the most unlikely hero in a star-studded team. The likes of Zidane, Henry among others were well marked but this created an opening for the fullback to create history.
The same story happened in 2018 semi-final between the French and Belgium. The hero was central defender Samuel Umtiti. The fans and pundits probably expected Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Paul Pogba to be the heroes. The Barcelona defender rose the highest to score from a corner. He also did a good job at the back to collect 24 points to finish top of Defender 2 category on SokkaaStars World Cup Fantasy game.
Midfielder 1: Ivan Perisic [Croatia] – 22 Points
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) July 12, 2018
Croatia was struggling to create chances in their semi-final match against England. They were 1-0 down and Three Lions back line was very tight. This changed dramatically when Ivan Perisic showed an incredible desire to go past two English defenders and score an impossible goal using the tip of his left foot. He managed to reach the ball before it got to Kyle Walker head. This meant the referee could not rule it out for a foul because the defender had not reached the ball. The goal rejuvenated his side and they went to win 2-1 in extra time thanks to another great goal from Mario Mandzukic. Inter Milan midfielder earned 22 points to finish top of Midfielder 1 category on SokkaaStars World Cup Fantasy game. Paul Pogba was second with 10 points.