Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup final

Nestor Pitana will have the unique honour of refereeing both the first and last matches of Russia 2018.

Referee Nestor Pitana talks to Olivier Giroud   -  Getty Images

FIFA has named Argentinian Nestor Pitana as the referee for Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia.

The 43-year-old officiated the tournament's opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia and was in charge for France's quarterfinal victory over Uruguay, as well as Croatia's last-16 clash with Denmark.

He will be joined by assistant referees Hernan Maidana and Juan Belatti, as well as fourth official Bjorn Kuipers.

France booked its spot in the final in Moscow with a slender win over Belgium, while Croatia edged past England to seal its place in a World Cup final for the first time in its history.

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