FIFA World Cup 2022
64 games, 32 teams and the biggest prize in football. All eyes will be on Qatar for four weeks for the world’s biggest sporting competition, the FIFA World Cup and this one has plenty of intrigue. Let’s take a look at the best of the Final!
63 games down, one to go. All eyes of the footballing world will be fixed on the Lusail Stadium in Qatar on Monday morning (AEDT) as Argentina and France fight it out for the biggest prize in world football. Despite their rankings, I see this as a battle of the two best football sides in the world and will be an enthralling spectacle.
It seems an eternity ago that Argentina opened up their campaign with a shock loss to Saudi Arabia. The South American champions were quick to put it behind them and since have recorded four wins and a draw, averaging 1.8 goals a game. Tactics aside, the win-at-all-costs mentality of the Argentinians has caught the eye of most -they’ve been absolutely dogged. Most of the motivations come from the desire to deliver Messi his first World Cup trophy, which would elevate him to the greatest player in history in most people’s eyes. The big query will be how their defence will hold up against arguably the most lethal attack in the world. It’s a big occasion, and we have seen them crack under pressure.
France has been outstanding despite their host of omissions through injury before the tournament. Make no mistake, they still have a star-studded lineup, and all their key figures have stood up when called upon. As Giroud and Mbappe continue to make the headlines, Antoine Griezmann has been superb despite some lacklustre club form of late. A 2-0 win over an undermanned Morocco side sealed their spot in the final, but the manner in which they did it hardly blew your socks off. France’s inability to shut down the counterattack has exposed some vulnerabilities, which will have Argentina rubbing their hands together. It sets up a captivating tactical battle with the ultimate prize at stake.
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The South Americans are the value play and judging by how they’ve played out their tournament, it could be a fiery clash.