Moscow has well-documented history of wars but there will be a unique one on Sunday as a fierce battle is expected between France and Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Croatia will be looking to lift the FIFA World Cup for the first time when they take on powerhouse France in Moscow.

After 63 matches, the World Cup final is here, and not many would have predicted rightly that it would be this two teams that would be competing for football’s most coveted silverware.

Croatia have shown immense strength and willingness to continue playing after making their way through three periods of extra time in the knockout stages, with Zlatko Dalic’s side having played the equivalent of one whole extra match compared to their French opponents.

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Despite topping their group containing Iceland, Argentina, and Nigeria, Vatreni have had it tough in the knockout stages, needing penalties to get past Denmark and Russia before downing England 2-1 in the semi-final thanks to a 109th minute Mario Mand┼żukic goal.

France vs Croatia

Croatia have never made an international final of any sort, and this stage will be new to the small European nation as they seek to create history with their second ‘Golden Generation’.

But France will be no pushover, with the side making their second World Cup final since their historic 1998 win on home soil. Les Bleus struggled to find their form at the start of the competition, advancing from a group containing Australia, Denmark, and Peru, but a 4-3 win against Argentina saw the French wheels begin to turn, and a 2-0 win over Uruguay, followed by a 1-0 triumph over Belgium in the semi-final booked their spot on the grandest stage of all.

For neutrals, an explosive battle is on the cards in Moscow and truly it could swing either ways.

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