Fans all over the streets of Paris were celebrating France’s World Cup 2-0 semifinal victory over Morocco. The defending champions will play in the World Cup final for their second consecutive run. They beat Croatia in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Can they beat Argentina in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? We will find out on Sunday.
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Fans in Paris and Doha believe France will go all the way
“Who can beat France? No one can,” said a fan in Paris, celebrating in the streets. “There’s no Brazil, there’s no Croatia, there’s no one left. It’s France.”
Well, there is one team left, and that’s Lionel Messi’s Argentina. While France came to a 2-0 victory over Morocco, Argentina put up a 3-0 defeat over Croatia on Tuesday.
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France won the title in the last World Cup in 2018. The only teams to lift the trophy in consecutive tournaments were Italy in 1934 and 1938 and Brazil in 1958 and 1962. France are 2-0 in the World Cup finals, winning in 1998 and 2018.
“Oh, it’s a real joy!” said a France fan in Doha after the semifinals match. “Morocco made history by reaching the semifinals, and we’re going to try to make history by winning two World Cups in a row.”
Their opponents, Argentina, won their last World Cup in 1986 with Diego Maradona at the reins. Almost exactly a year later, Lionel Messi was born. Since then, Argentina has not won a World Cup. They did make it to the finals in 2014, but the lost to Germany.
With 35-year-old Messi set to play in his last World Cup match when Argentina face France this Sunday, their team is determined. Messi scored his fifth goal of the 2022 tournament and 11th of his career, besting Gabriel Batistuta’s record to become Argentina’s all-time scorer in the World Cup.
France and Argentina will face each other in the World Cup final on Sunday, December 18 at 10 a.m. ET at Lusail Stadium in Qatar.