France will meet Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, when history will await the victors in the Russian capital.
The final that kicks off at 10pm Thailand time is one very few people could have anticipated four weeks ago, when the competition in Russian Federation was just beginning.
France coach Didier Deschamps has fielded the same starting line-up in every knockout-round match except the quarter-final against Uruguay when Blaise Matuidi was suspended and replaced by Corentin Tolisso.
Mario Mandzukic became the first player to score an own goal in the tournament's final, heading an Antoine Griezmann free-kick past team-mate Danijel Subasic after 18 minutes. According to Opta statistics, France are unbeaten in 14 games when Kante and Paul Pogba start in midfield together. Even in their best game of this tournament, a 4-3 thriller over Argentina in the round of 16, Les Bleus were pushed to the limit by a mediocre side that was lucky to have even made it out of the group stage.
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Packed house: The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Tens of thousands of people poured onto the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris after France´s semi-final win against Belgium and expectations at home are high. They deserve to be in the final just as much as us.
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"They have demonstrated their worth and that they have the physical and mental resources to go and win it".
Dalic said on Saturday he was prepared to make changes for the final if any of his players have failed to recover from their exertions. "It will be a special match because it is a World Cup final and we have to stay in our bubble to focus on the ultimate goal".
Dalic revealed his team are being driven on by the support back home in Croatia and regardless of the result their run to the final will be a joyous occasion. One thing that brings me happiness is that all my players tell whether they are not 100 per cent fit. Averaging these two models gives us our final prediction of 62 to 38 in favour of France.
Croatian dreams were reignited as Ivan Perisic netted to level the scores. "We need to perform at a high level and deliver a flawless match to win", said the goalkeeper.
"We have some minor injuries, minor problems, and I hope my players will be ready". "I'm not interested who is the opponent".
Croatia's World Cup dreams were dashed as France clawed back from a goal down in the semi-final to win 2-1, before going on to beat Brazil in the final.
France are the established power with a young team full of speed and skill while Croatia have the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out. He sent in a unsafe free kick through traffic, and it came off the back of Mandzukic's head in the 18th minute, sailing into his own net for an unfortunate own goal that gave France a 1-0 lead.
One of the most thrilling World Cups ever comes to an end on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET when Croatia and France square off with the title on the line.