After a month, UEFA World cup 2022 – a unique World Cup played in Qatar comes to an end at Lusail Stadion with Argentina vs. French taking the centre stage in the final scheduled for kick-off at 16:00 (GMT+1) on Sunday, the 18th of December.
Argentina reached the World Cup final in Qatar after a Lionel Messi-inspired 3-0 win over Croatia on Tuesday. La Albiceleste redesigned their shape to keep the Checkered Ones at bay, relying on quick counter-attacking play from Messi (34’ P.) and Julián Álvarez (39’ & 69’). \”We’re celebrating because it’s something very exciting, but there’s still a step left,\” Lionel Scaloni said after his side reached the WC final for the first time since 2014, when they lost to Germany, 0-1. This will be Argentina’s sixth appearance in a World Cup final, with only Germany having more (8). It is also the fourth FIFA World Cup meeting between both sides, and victory here would see La Albiceleste [WWWDW] become crowned champions for a third time. The Argentines were champions in 1978 and at the 1986 World Cup when Maradona inspired the White and Sky Blue to the finals. – Following a controversial quarter-final clash against England, which featured the infamous \”hand of God\” goal. The Argentines lost in their most recent World Cup meeting against France, but have two victories in all [2W, 0D, & 1L]. \”I am enjoying this a lot,\” Lionel Messi said, looking to put the decade-long raging debate over the much-acclaimed \”GOAT\” status to bed in a last-gasp effort to pick up the single piece of silverware that has since eluded him. Scaloni lined up a 4—4—2, but Argentina morphed into a 5—3—2 while playing Croatia, leaving Lionel Messi and Julián Álvarez in attack. He is expected to adopt the same strategy for Sunday’s World Cup final against France.
After 62 matches and 163 goals which saw 32 teams from five confederations trimmed down to two, the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup final between the White & Sky Blue and Les Bleus takes center stage this Sunday. The 29-day tournament saw unprecedented upsets, with contenders such as Germany and favorites, five-time champions Brazil, eliminated pre-maturely, while Morocco set a record as the only African nation to ever reach a World Cup third-place play-off. Argentina vs. France kicks off at 16:00 (GMT+1) on December 18 at Lusail Stadium.”,
France reached back-to-back FIFA World Cup finals after a hard-fought 2-0 win over Morocco, while President Macron sat right next to Gianni Infantino in the VIP section. Theo Hernández (5’) put France in front with an improvised acrobatic finish past the onrushing Bono, well before a combination of dazzling footwork saw Mbappe’s effort on goal converted by Randal Kolo Muani (79′). Les Bleus are looking to become the first defending champions to win consecutive episodes of the FIFA World Cup final since Brazil did so in 1962. Now in their fourth FIFA World Cup final, a victory over Argentina would see France [WLWWW] become three-time champions following final-day victories at the 1998 and 2018 editions of the World Cup. However, Les Bleus have only three victories over Argentina across all competitions [3W, 3D, & 6L]. Having batted away questions over a Benzema comeback, Didier Deschamps will keep the 4—2—3—1 with Olivier Giroud in place. Joint-top scorers and PSG teammates Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi [5 goals each] go head-to-head in another subplot in the race for the FIFA World Cup golden boot. Meanwhile, Adrien Rabiot and Kingsley Coman are in doubt for Sunday’s final.