The semifinal stage in the 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off Tuesday with the Argentina vs. Croatia match in Qatar’s Al Daayen.
Lionel Messi-led Argentina toppled the Netherlands in a thrilling penalty shootout 4-3 in the previous stage last week. Messi, 35, played in his fifth World Cup tournament and scored four goals for Argentina during the Qatar 2022.
Meanwhile, Croatia, Argentina’s opponents in the semifinals in Qatar, previously beat five-time champions Brazil 4-2 on penalties in the quarterfinals. Croatia is led by 37-year-old skipper Luka Modric, who has been playing for his nation since 2006.
The Argentina vs. Croatia match at Lusail Stadium will start at 1900GMT on Tuesday. Italy’s Daniele Orsato will referee the match.
France to face dark horses Morocco in semifinals
Defending world champions France were into the 2022 World Cup semifinals after eliminating England 2-1 last weekend.
On Wednesday, France will play against Morocco, who previously beat Portugal 1-0 to carry on their fairy tale.
Following their triumph against Portugal, Morocco became the first African nation to reach World Cup semifinals. The Atlas Lions are spending a dream tournament in Qatar.
French forward Kylian Mbappe scored five goals to be the top scorer in the 2022 World Cup.
The top scorer of the tournament will be awarded a Golden Boot.
Another Les Bleus forward Olivier Giroud scored four goals to contribute to France in the offense.
Youssef En-Nesyri of Morocco scored two goals during the team’s Qatar 2022 campaign.
The match between France and Morocco at Al Khor’s Al Bayt Stadium will begin at 1900GMT.