Argentina's Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup final between France and Croatia


France face the Croats in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

The world will be watching, as France and Croatia compete for soccer's greatest prize this weekend. Before the World Cup started I said I would give my home up to see Croatia become World Champions!

"I don't think people realize that we did not even have a flag recognized before and our national anthem was not allowed, so hearing it and seeing our flag everywhere is huge for us", said Erica Zlomislic, who works at the Croatian Heritage Association. He's had another 120 [minutes] and I don't know the full injury update.

"I did not want to stay in Croatia and be a middling coach and to live off handouts", Dalic said.

She was followed in fashion by interior minister Davor Bozinovic, who wore the national team shirt to an European Union meeting the day after his team became the smallest nation since 1950 to win a place in the World Cup final. "That will not happen again".

Croatia have now played the equivalent of a whole match more than Didier Deschamps' team ahead of Sunday's final in the Russian capital but must gird themselves for one final push for glory. But they are mentally very strong.

"For us, we are not the favourites".

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"It's massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation".

"Our players and the (Serbian) federation could maybe ask the Croats to give us football lessons", someone else commented. "We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed".

Jordan Pickford hopes to win the Golden Glove award given to the best goalkeeper and also wants to play. But I have no star either although there is one on my shirt.

"The Croats are not just Modric".

They were on course for their first final since 1966 when they took the lead through Kieran Trippier's superb early free-kick, but Croatia hit back through Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic in front of 78,000 spectators.

"But there are a lot of exciting youngsters coming through who might continue our expedition", the Paris St Germain player added.

That nostalgic lament hides the fact that Croatia are doing just fine without Bosnian or Serb players - and Yugoslavia, after all, never reached a World Cup final.