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World Cup: Luzhniki Stadium and Laurence Griffiths

world cup: An oasis from the madness, you'd hope it's been busy these past few weeks as the world descended upon the city, according to Toronto Star. The stage is set for Sunday's World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, a match that will have repercussions for soccer worldwide no matter who wins. Leo Tolstoy's house sits perfectly preserved just one stop from Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow's Khamovniki district, encircled by linden trees and assorted greenery. Laurence Griffiths / GETTY IMAGES It really has been a hell of a month for the dreamers here in Russia. Read more France-Croatia World Cup final invokes memories of infamous dive in 1998 Article Continued Below Croatia makes it to the World Cup finals, surpassing the great Yugoslav teams of the past England may be out of the World Cup, but it found an unlikely hero in coach Gareth Southgate There've been nightmares too. A World Cup that has rolled from one reverie to the next at a relentless clip has wrapped the blow-ins and the locals up and around it in a haze of blurringly brilliant soccer, mind-bending twists of fate and faith too, names and games decided and then undecided as a new narrative interjected without invitation. ( As reported in the news.