Italy's Rizzoli to referee final

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Italian referee Nicolas Rizzoli during a quarter-final football match between Argentina and Belgium at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 5, 2014
Italian referee Nicolas Rizzoli during a quarter-final football match between Argentina and Belgium at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 5, 2014 (AFP Photo/Juan Mabromata)

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Italy's Nicola Rizzoli will referee Sunday's World Cup final between Argentina and Germany, FIFA confirmed on Friday.

Rizzoli, 42, had been seen as an outside bet to handle the showpiece game at the Maracana Stadium, with FIFA expected to choose an official from a neutral regional confederation.

Rizzoli's previous assignments include the 2013 UEFA Champions League final at Wembley.