There are only four teams still standing at World Cup 2022, with the semi-finals set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Argentina are looking to reach the final for the second time in three tournaments, but Croatia - runners-up four years ago - stand in their way.
Defending champions France will do battle with surprise package Morocco for a place in Sunday’s final.
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Croatia go into Tuesday’s semi-final as the underdogs, but they will not mind that one bit. Zlatko Dalic’s side have once again displayed the grit and resolve they were known for at World Cup 2018, knocking out Japan and Brazil on penalties in consecutive matches.
Croatia fell behind in both games yet they still managed to find the back of the net on each occasion. When they really need to score, this is a team that tends to do just that. Argentina’s defense remains unconvincing, so Croatia will fancy their chances of causing them problems.
With Lionel Messi in great form, the Albiceleste should also make the net bulge. Back both teams to score.
We saw plenty of late drama when these teams were last in action. Croatia scored an equalizer against Brazil in the 27th minute of extra time, while Argentina shipped two late goals to the Netherlands.
This is likely to be a close game, and there might only be one goal (or nothing at all) separating Argentina and Croatia by the 76th minute. If one of the sides does hold a narrow lead at that point, we can expect the opposition to throw everything at it in the search of a leveler.
It might therefore be worth backing a goal in the closing stages of this match at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which will also be the venue for Sunday’s final.
Morocco’s fairytale continued on Saturday, as a 1-0 victory over Portugal earned them a place in the semi-finals. In so doing they made African history, becoming the first team from that continent to make it through to the last four of the World Cup.
Morocco have still only conceded one goal at this tournament - and that was when one of their own players inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net.
Despite their considerable firepower, we should not expect France’s attack to blow Morocco’s well-organized defense away on Wednesday. The Atlas Lions are dogged, determined, and difficult to break down, so this will be a tough contest for Kylian Mbappe and co.
Youssef En-Nesyri scored the winner for Morocco against Portugal three minutes before the interval. But in three of the Atlas Lions; five matches at this tournament, the score has been level at half-time.
That could be the case again here. Morocco tend to sit deep in a compact and narrow defensive shape without the ball, but they do commit bodies to attack when there is an opportunity to get forward.
The first half will probably see France spend most of their time in the opposition half of the field, with Morocco focused on keeping them out. We might have to wait until at least the second 45 minutes for the opening goal.
Dates: November 20 - December 18
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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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