With the quarter-finals concluded, FIFA World Cup 2022 is reaching its climax. Argentina, Croatia, France and Morocco are the 4 groups which have certified for the semi-finals of the marquee event. Morocco have grow to be the primary African nation to make the lower for the semi-final.
The event was a roller-coaster for a lot of groups with a number of upsets and twists. Argentina bounced again after struggling a stunning defeat to Saudi Arabia of their opening match of the group stage. The Lionel Messi-led crew then gained 2-0 over Mexico and 2-0 over Poland to prime Group C and storm into the spherical of 16. They have been up in opposition to Australia within the final 16 and emerged victorious by 2-1 to cruise into the quarterfinal. In the final eight, the South American crew locked horns with Netherlands and gained 4-3 on penalties after the rating was tied 2-2. Argentina at the moment are all set to face off in opposition to Croatia within the semi-final.
Runners up of the 2018 version, Croatia have lived as much as their identify and proven that their previous efficiency wasn’t a flash within the pan. They have remained unbeaten within the event. In the group levels, Croatia drew 0-0 in opposition to Morocco, gained 4-1 in opposition to Canada and drew 0-0 in opposition to Belgium and stormed into the spherical of 16. They took on Asian powerhouse Japan within the final 16 and gained 3-1 on penalties after the rating was tied at 1-1. In the quarter-final, Croatia knocked out star-studded Brazil with a 4-2 win on penalties after the rating ended at 1-1 regardless of going to further time.
Current World Champions France appear to have continued their dream run since 2018. They faltered solely in opposition to Tunisia within the group stage as they misplaced 0-1 to the African nation. But having gained 4-1 in opposition to Australia and 2-1 in opposition to Denmark, France topped Group D and stormed into the final 16. In the spherical of 16, they prevailed 3-1 over Poland to qualify for the quarter-final. France knocked out England by successful 2-1 within the final eight and cruised into their second consecutive semi-final. With the likes of Kylian Mbappé who has scored the very best variety of targets in FIFA World Cup 2022 and striker Olivier Giroud who can be among the many main goal-scorers within the event, France are one of many prime contenders for the title with solely two matches away. In the semi-final, they will be up in opposition to Morocco.
Morocco have been the darkish horse of this version of the World Cup. A tiny African nation, most soccer specialists did not count on them to make it even to the quarter-finals. But with some nice defence and terrific performances, Morocco are within the semi-final. Their marketing campaign within the event has been nothing wanting a fairy story as they’ve remained unbeaten. In the group stage, Morocco drew 0-0 in opposition to Croatia, gained 2-0 in opposition to Belgium and defeated Canada by 2-1. They locked horns with a robust Spain within the spherical of 16 and emerged victorious 3-0 on penalties after rating was tied at 0-0 in further time. In the quarter-final, they surpassed star-studded Portugal with a 1-0 win.
Which groups certified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals
Croatia – beat Brazil 4-2 (1-1) by way of penalty shootout
Argentina – beat Netherlands 4-3 (2-2)
Morocco – beat Portugal 1-0
France – beat England 2-1
2022 FIFA World Cup Semi-final – Full Fixture
December 14: Argentina vs Croatia – Lusail Stadium (12:30 AM IST)
December 15: France vs Morocco – Al Bayt Stadium (12:30 AM IST)