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Argentina and Lionel Messi have booked their place in the FIFA World Cup final.

They beat Croatia in Wednesday’s semi-final and will learn their final opponents when Morocco meet France on Thursday.

Here’s how the fixtures are scheduled:

Game played on Wednesday December 14, 2022


Croatia 0
Argentina 3 (Messi 34′ pen, Alvarez 39′, 69′)

World Cup holders France are back in the semi-finals to face Morocco, the first-ever African team to reach this stage of the competition.

While Les Bleus are bidding to become the first side to retain football’s most prized trophy since Brazil 60 years ago, the Atlas Lions could make further history by becoming the first team from outside Europe and South America to reach the final.

The defending champions are unbeaten in their five previous matches against Morocco (W3 D2) – all in friendlies or mini-tournaments. The most recent encounter was a 2-2 draw at the Stade de France in November 2007.

France have competed in six previous FIFA World Cup semi-finals, losing the first three – to Brazil in 1958 (2-5) and West Germany in both 1982 (3-3, 4-5 pens) and 1986 (0-2) – but winning the three most recent – against Croatia in 1998 (2-1), Portugal in 2006 (1-0) and Belgium in 2018 (1-0).

Game to be played on Thursday December 15, 2022

Morocco v France
Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, 8am (NZT)

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