Pitana, a 43-year-old physical education teacher, has already refereed four matches at Russian Federation 2018, taking charge of Russian Federation v Saudi Arabia (Opening Game) and Mexico v Sweden in the group stages, the Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, as well as the quarter-final between Uruguay and France.
France are the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. Croatia's defence is considered their weak link but they continue to do the business and get results.
France and Croatia will vie for the biggest prize in world football in Moscow on Sunday, but where will the match be won or lost? People will realise they should respect Croatia, defender Dejan Lovren said after the game.
Croatia, led by coach Zlatko Dalic, are hoping to settle an old score with the French dating back to that 1998 tournament. "If not, I have great players on the bench who will be raring to go".
"They will have to play the match of their lives against footballing giants France who are due a major tournament win", Ranveer wrote. But perhaps feeling complacent after beating Germany in the semi-finals, France flopped.
"I think that our team is quite calm". The Paris Saint-Germain star has shown glimpses of greatness and has bagged three goals in six games thus far. They did not look like a side who were playing extra time for a third time in a row.
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The Croats needed penalties to get over Denmark and Russian Federation in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively, while they dispatched England 2-1 in extra-time in the semi-finals. Didier Deschamps has crafted a perfectly-balanced side which grinds teams down and gets the job done in a nonchalant and brutally cool-headed demeanour. Fresh legs could play a big part.
Another factor in France's favour is rest. It's now time for the final, the match that will decide who becomes the latest side to lift the coveted Jules Rimet trophy. One thing that makes me happy is all my players tell me whether they are not 100 per cent fit.
There is unlikely to be a change on Sunday, with Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez expected to line up in defence in front of keeper Hugo Lloris.
"Especially when it comes to recovery and preparation time".
Most of the French squad in Russian Federation were not even playing at Euro 2016, with Kylian Mbappe the symbol of the new generation that emerged following that disappointment. They are the first and only team in World Cup history to avoid defeat after trailing in three knockout matches in a single edition. There was also the added stress of two penalty shootouts.
"Now, there is no pressure, " Dalic said through a translator.