Doha: Itâ€™s hard to believe weâ€™re just days away from knowing the teams in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final. The second semifinal last match between final on coming weekend.
As per FIFA World Cup tradition, the two semifinals will take place on different days second semi final is being played today (Wednesday), December 14.
First finalist, Argentina will get an extra day of rest ahead of the final on Sunday, December 18.
Lionel Messi ruled first semi final yesterday against Croatia and got the victory of 3-0. Croatian team looked helpless yesterday on the other hand Argentina shined from start to end.
Second Semi Final
France vs Morocco
Date: Wednesday, December 14
Time: 2 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. GMT / 10 p.m. local in Qatar
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium (Al Khor, Qatar)
Defending World Cup champions France are back in the semifinals and they will be the favorites against Morocco, with the Atlas Lions becoming the first African team to reach the semifinals.
Morocco was the longest shot of any of the eight teams that advanced to the quarterfinals, but they have not been a fluke. Theyâ€™ve done it with expert defending and inspired play by their attacking front three.
Buoyed by a partisan crowd with many making the trek from Morocco to Qatar, the Moroccans have what it takes to give major problems to France and the presence of their numerous fans could be a difference maker.
Morocco have only won one match against France in 11 played all time and that came way back in 1963. Their last meeting came in 2007 (a 2-2 friendly draw).
This, to finalise Sunday's showpiece match! #FIFAWorldCup— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) December 14, 2022
How the semifinals work
Just like the previous knockout rounds, the semifinals will be single elimination and there must be a winner after each match.
So if thereâ€™s a draw after 90 minutes of regulation, the teams will get 30 minutes of extra time to decide a winner. The extra-time session is not sudden death. (In other words, itâ€™s not a next-goal-win situation or â€˜golden goalâ€™.)
How penalty shootout works
If the teams are still deadlocked after extra time, the match will proceed to a penalty shootout where each team takes turns trying to score from the penalty spot. The team with the most successful conversions after five attempts is declared the winner. If teams are still level after five kicks, they will tack on an extra round until the deadlock is broken.
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