December 15, 2022 (Jack87 News) – The semifinals of the 2022 Qatar World is finally over. France and Argentina will come face to face for an intense finals game on Sunday BK8. This is the thirteenth time that these two countries met in international football competition. France have only won three of their previous twelve meetings, while Argentina have been victorious on six occasions.
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The match up on Sunday was predicted by many as a battle between Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi. During the last World Cup held in Russia, Mbappe scored twice while Messi recorded two assists as France beat Argentina 4-3 four years ago. Messi was on the scoresheet nine years earlier in 2009 – the last time that Argentina beat France.
In today’s World Cup Bet99, Argentina became the first nation to book its spot in the final after cruising past Croatia 3-0 in the semifinal. It is not an easy path for Messi and company though, as we all witnessed an embarassing defeat from Saudi Arabia on their first game.
France, on the other hand, joined the matchup after topping Morocco 2-0 in their semifinal contest. Just like Argentina, a much weaker team, Tunisia, defeated them at one point in time but managed to advance to the next stage after beating Australia and Denmark before eliminating Poland in the round of 16 and England in the quarterfinals.
Messi, the captain of Argentina, is favored to win today’s World Cup as well as the Golden Ball award. He has tallied five goals and three assists through six games. Other than him, striker Julian Álvarez and midfielder Enzo Fernández have risen to the occasion despite being at the ripe ages of 22 and 21, respectively.
For France, the captain is goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who was also the main man between the sticks in its 2018 title run. Along with Lloris Boda8, Kylian Mbappé is no doubt the superstar garnering the headlines, though Olivier Giroud’s four goals and Antoine Griezmann’s three assists have been just as vital in Les Bleus’ run.