Argentina take on France in the final game of the Qatar tournament to take time the trophy
Fans of the French national team would be satisfied with a repeat of their team’s 4-3 victory over Argentina in the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. France then trounced Croatia in the championship game in Moscow, for their second consecutive win.
The only other time these two teams met at a World Cup was in 1978, where Argentina prevailed 2-1. Prior to that, in 1930, the South Americans won the inaugural World Cup, 1-0.
The final two teams, France and Argentina, haven’t always been at their best in Qatar. France lost to Tunisia and barely beat England in the quarterfinals, while Argentina was stunned by a loss to Saudi Arabia in the group stage and almost lost the grip against the Netherlands in the Quater finals.
Injuries and suspensions
In order to decrease the likelihood of a player missing the World Cup 2022 final due to suspensions, FIFA’s regulation change ahead of Qatar 2022 assures that no player from either squad will miss the final due to an accumulation of yellow or red cards.
Deschamps and Scaloni should have their full rosters available after neither team received a red card in their quarterfinal games against Morocco and Croatia.
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Raphael Varane (Doubt-due to an infected virus)
Ibrahima Konate (Doubt-due to an infected virus)
Dayot Upamecano (Doubt-due to illness)
Kingsley Coman (Doubt-due to illness)
Olivier Giroud (Knee Knock)
Angel Di Maria (Doubt-due to injury issues)
Despite a minor hamstring injury, Lionel Messi is expected to be healthy for Argentina’s World Cup final against France, as Les Bleus battle a virus outbreak.
The 35-year-old was seen gripping the back of his leg during his country’s semi-final victory over Croatia, but he was keen to point out that he felt “very fantastic” after the game.
Messi did not train for Argentina on Thursday, but his presence in the final is not in doubt because he completed indoor recuperation work. Only players who were replacements or did not play against Croatia participated in the session, while Papu Gomez and Lautaro Martinez worked out in the gym.
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