World Cup Semi-Final Fixtures 2022- Ultimate Guide
It’s always an exciting time once we reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. And as you probably know already, only four teams can make it through to this privileged position. and we have gotten to the stage where we know which teams will play in the semi finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the semi final matchups and which teams we expect to see in the final of the World Cup 2022.
Schedule for the World Cup Semi Final Fixtures
The he semi final fixtures will be played on December 13th and December 14th, with one match played on each date, but you will be able to see more about that in our previews of the games in this article.
So, let’s take a closer look at each semi final fixture separately and offer you with all the necessary information about them, including kick off times, venues, and odds.
Kickoff Time: Tuesday, December 13th, 19:00 UK, 20:00 CET
Venue: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV: ITV One
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Odds (Taken From Ladbrokes):
Argentina – 4/5 (1.80) – 55.6% Implied Probability
Draw – 12/5 (3.40) – 29.4% Implied Probability
Croatia – 21/5 (5.20) – 19.2% Implied Probability
Argentina vs Croatia Prediction
After reaching the final game four years ago in Russia, Croatia is now just one step away from doing the same in Qatar. To the surprise of many, the reiging vice-champions of the world eliminated the favoured Brazil in quarter finals after penalties.
Meanwhile, Argentina followed a similar path since they also went to a penalty shootout against the Netherlands, despite having a two-goal lead. Still, they managed to prevail in the end and schedule a duel with Croatia.
Argentina is the favourite in this match, but Croatia knows how to play as an underdog. We expect to see a very tight game, not many goals, and we can see Croatia reaching the finals once again, perhaps even after another bout of penalties.
Kickoff Time: Wednesday, December 14th, 19:00 UK, 20:00 CET
Venue: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV: BBC One
Odds (Taken From Stake):
France – 8/15 (1.53) – 65.2% Implied Probability
Draw – 29/10 (3.90) – 25.6% Implied Probability
Morocco – 13/2 (1.75) – 13.3% Implied Probability
France vs Morocco Prediction
Beating Portugal in the quarter finals was a historic achievemnet not just for Morocco, but for the entire continent since they’ve become the first African team to reach the semi finals at a World Cup in history.
Meanwhile, France survived thier duel with England after nearly dropping the lead for the second time, but Kane’s missed penalty sent England packing and France into the semi finals.
The French have a chance to become the first team since 1962 Brazil to defend the World Cup title and we at least expect to see them in the final again, with all due respect to Morocco and their incredible resilience.
Details on Both World Cup Semi Final Fixtures
As stressed above, the first of the World Cup semi-final fixtures will be played on December 13th. This game will kick off at 10 PM in Qatar, which means that it will begin at 7 PM, UK time. The host stadium is the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, which will actually be the host stadium for the World Cup finals too.
This means that the other semi-final will be played on December 14th, and the scheduled kick-off time for this one is also 10 PM in Qatar. As a reminder, this is 7 PM in the United Kingdom. And the host stadium for this particular match is the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. This stadium has a capacity of 60,000, making it the second-largest out of all of the host stadiums. Of course, this is somewhat appropriate given that this is the world’s semi-final stage of the biggest sporting event.
Bonus – Third Place World Cup Match
As is the case when you get to the knockout stages of the World Cup, only one team from each game can progress through to the next round. And this means that two teams from the World Cup semi-final fixtures will lose, and two teams will obviously win. But the difference at this stage in the event is that the semi-final losers then get to play a game to see who will finish in 3rd place at the World Cup. And if teams find themselves in this position, they will be set to play on December 17th at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan.
For those interested, the match will kick off at 6 PM local time – 3 PM in the United Kingdom. The cool thing about this one is that the World Cup final is then played on the following day, so the action never really takes a break.
Most Memorable World Cup Semi Finals in History
While we’ve obviously seen many exciting matches at this stage of World Cup so far, some were simply more exciting than others. Some also gave us memorable individual performances, so let’s take a look at our selection of the Top 3 most memorable semi finals in World Cup history.
France vs Brazil – World Cup 1958 in Sweden
While this semi-final duel wasn’t as exciting as the other two on our list since it ended with a 5-2 win for Brazil, it marked the arrival of one of the best players in history. Although the 17-year old Pele, once a shoe-shiner, already scored his first goal earlier at the tournament, this was the game after which the world knew they are witnessing greatness.
After the first half in which Brazil took a 2-1 lead, Pele stepped on the big scene in the second half and scored a hat-trick in just 23 minutes, securing his name in history as a teenager and his team’s place in the final, which they will go on to win by beating Sweden again 5-2, with a couple of braces from Pele.
West Germany vs. France – World Cup 1982 in Spain
Probably one of the most exciting semi finals in World Cup history, the duel between West Germany and France saw six goals being scored, four of which were scored in the overtime. The first 90 minutes were more timid, ending 1-1 after goals by Littbarski and Platini.
Once the overtime began, France went on the attack and they managed to score a couple of goals, seemingly closing the game. However, West Germany pulled back and the game went to penalties, where the Germans were more composed and secured their spot in the final.
Italy vs. West Germany – World Cup 1970 in Mexico
Estadio Azteca was the ground of many memorable matches, including the semi final duel between Italy and West Germany in 1970. The two teams exchanged many blows in this game, but Italy was the one to draw first blood with an eighth minute goal by Boninsecna. And it was nearly enough to get the Italins to the final, but West Germany managed to score in the final minutes of the match to sent it to overtime.
After that, it was a goal bonanza in overtime. First Muller gave Germany the lead, but Burgnich and Riva turned things around. Muller once again scored to level the game, but Rivera then scored what proved to be the winning goal in 101st minute of the match.
FAQs on the World Cup semi-final fixtures
Where can I watch these World Cup semi-final fixtures?
You can watch both of these games on either BBC or ITV in the United Kingdom.
When will I be able to place a bet on the semi-final games?
You can already wager on these games since the participants are known.
According to the bookmaker odds, which teams should make it to the finals?
The bookies expect to see Argentina and France in the final game.
Is there a long break between the semi-finals and finals?
Not really, no. The World Cup final is scheduled to be played on December 18th, just a few days after the semi-final matches.
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