Argentina in final, France against Morocco, Wednesday’s best bets

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Lionel Messi‘s Argentina has sealed its place in the 2022 World Cup final by defeating Croatia, meet the winner of France Vs MoroccoWho will face off on December 14 at 2 PM ET.

Be sure to check in with ESPN throughout the tournament as we bring you the latest from Qatar. Here’s what you might have missed from Tuesday’s World Cup events, and look ahead to tomorrow’s action.

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Messi is one game away from lifting the World Cup

The Argentina captain is one win away from lifting the World Cup trophy and cementing his status as the greatest player of all time. A title that has eluded Messi, the one that sets him apart from so many greats who came before him, is up for grabs on 18 December.

Early in the game against Croatia, it looked like he might have pulled his hamstring, but all doubts were dispelled when he made his country proud, first with a penalty smashed high into the right corner and then a dazzling, Race against one of the best defenders of the tournament with the trademark, josco guardiolto set up Julian Alvarez for his second goal of the night.

And he did so, breaking records: the oldest man to score five goals in a single World Cup and Argentina’s top scorer at the World Cup. This is Messi’s last dance, and we are all lucky to have seen it. There will always be comparisons to Maradona, magical left foot, hand of god, maze run. If Messi can win the World Cup, it would be hard to argue with those comparisons.

Messi is giving masterclass after masterclass in Qatar while Argentina fans around the world celebrate being one step closer to glory.

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Craig Burley has praised Morocco’s performance and resilience as they became the first African team to make it to a World Cup semi-final.


Will Morocco be able to keep their dream alive or will France prove too much?

The North African country has surprised everyone by finishing on top of its group and knocking it out again spain And Portugal out of the World Cup. Morocco’s coach, Walid Regargui, had only joined in August and was under no pressure to excel in Qatar. Now, the dream of a World Cup is all that the fans of the country and the Arab world are hoping for.

As the first African country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, Morocco’s Cinderella story reflects their talent, fighting spirit and grit. azzdeen aunahi Midfield creativity is integral. sofian amarbat is the enforcer, fending off any sniffles that might attack the opposition. During this, Achraf Hakimi And prince zeich There are two superstars who can unlock the game with wings. Given the Moroccan performance, France will not underestimate Regaragui’s side.

Then there’s also the support behind Morocco, essentially making it a “domestic tournament” for them. Thousands of Moroccans are traveling to Doha for the semi-finals, while fans from across the Middle East and Africa root on. Could this be the X-factor to propel them past the French?

France has been here before and won in 2018. he is one of the best players in the world kilian mbappeA Versatile Number 10 Inch antoine griezmann and the all-time top scorer for his country Olivier Giroud, against EnglandDidier Deschamps’ was outplayed, but he pulled through nonetheless, a testament to his depth.

Sure, France goes into this semifinal as favorites because of their star power and experience, but if they’ve learned anything from this tournament, it’s that they know not to fall into the trap of complacency against the so-called “underdogs.”

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Mark Ogden gives his analysis on the best players ever in Qatar.


today’s top reads

Moroccan football fairy tale: how Regragui has brought the Atlas Lions together
Ahead of Wednesday’s second semi-final we have a couple of reads on Morocco, the story of the World Cup (no offence, Messi). First, Julien Laurens looked to Walid Regargui, his business coach, and his roots in France.

Yassine ‘Bono’ Bounou epitomizes the humility and spirit of Morocco’s magical World Cup run
Second, ESPN’s LaLiga writer Graham Hunter described the magical Moroccan goalkeeper, yassin bounouWhose heroics and layered family history are the sum total of the talents of his national team and the Moroccan diaspora.

Tribute to Grant Wahl and his legacy in the world of football
We top the read on a somber note: ESPN’s Luis Miguel Echegere penned a poignant essay about his close friend Grant Wahl following the US soccer journalist’s shocking death at Friday’s Argentina vs. Doha. Netherlands Quarter finals.


Your best bets (Odds via Caesars Sportsbook)

If you’re looking to bet on the World Cup, ESPN contributors Paul Carr, Daniel Thomas and Dylann Cuffe are here to give you some great tips. On odds, options and futures, Here’s what we have for Wednesday’s semi-finals.

Morocco (+625) v France (-200), Draw (+285)

Paul Carr: Similar to the other semifinals, the value here is on the underdog. France will have more of the ball and will probably outscore Morocco at least 2-to-1, but that’s fine for Morocco, who are trying to capitalize on a handful of good counter-attacking opportunities. Even with questions about the health of Morocco’s back line, they have a better than 1-in-4 chance and at least a chance of getting extra time. i like to play morocco to move on Anything north of +300, and I also like the price on the draw (+285) if the other prices are low.

Dalen cough: You won’t get an argument from me on Paul’s analysis above. Defensively as good as Morocco have been (only one goal conceded – a goal, no less), I like the overs here. They are a bit explosive and France has shown the ability to score goals. In contrast, France have scored in every match and look shaky at the back. les blues Will have the lion’s share of the ball, which Morocco are fine with as they look to mount some solid counterattacks in this match. The Atlas Lions have been good at capitalizing on the relatively few scoring opportunities in each match. I’d go at +125 with over 2.5 goals.

Daniel Thomas: Blooming heck, wouldn’t it be the perfect epitome of this World Cup if Morocco knocks out the defending champions? France haven’t been good against England but they have the attacking ability to break through even the tightest defences. I really like Antoine Griezmann with “Help Anytime” on +240.


News and Notes

  • We know the World Cup is a battle of national teams, but the players have to go back to their clubs when all is said and done, and it’s nice to have a little unison after England’s quarterfinal defeat to France. tottenham goalkeeper hugo loris Told the media on Tuesday that he had messaged his club mateEngland striker harry kane, following Saturday’s defeat in which Kane missed a penalty. “It’s a difficult time for the England national team and for Harry … I don’t need to go too far. We had a message [exchange] after the game. Finding the words was not easy. He needed some time to rest, but I think he can be proud of what he has done for the national team.”

  • from one Brazil Legend for second: Ronaldo Nazario warned He neymar Some psychological support is needed to help manage the “unbalanced pressure” of trying to win the World Cup.

  • Well done, Lionel Messi! He is now preparing for another World Cup final and will do just that Argentina’s all-time leading scorer at the World CupHis 11th goal in this competition with a penalty vs Croatia. Oh.

  • And finally, another England read. remember how good harry maguire During the Three Lions’ run to the quarter-finals was? Well his club manager, Man United’s Erik ten Haag has certainly seen it and is hoping the defender’s form will follow him back from Qatar. “It is clear that he is good enough to play at the highest level,” Ten Haag said at United’s training camp in Spain, “We want him to bring him back to Manchester with him so he can bring it on the pitch for United.


What is tomorrow

France vs Morocco (2p ET): this is the matter! Kylian Mbappé and Co. take on the iconic Cinderella story of the World Cup in the other semi-final. Who will move forward?



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