Predictions for the World Cup semi-finals

Soccer news Dec 12, 2022

We have arrived at this point. That leaves four as the final contenders.
Four teams from three continents are down to their last two World Cup games. A GOAT tries to follow in Diego Maradona's footsteps by winning the World Cup, the defending champions aiming for a repeat, an Adriatic midfield, and the first-ever World Cup semifinalists from Africa.

These two semi-final matches, each unique (even if only in minor ways), promise to keep fans of an already remarkable event in Qatar on the edge of their seats.

Here are 90min's predictions for the forthcoming semi-final matches, with the championship only a win away but still a long way off.

Argentina vs. Croatia

Lionel Scaloni tried to limit the eccentric Dutch in the quarterfinal by matching their back three. After initially succeeding, the strategy hit a snag when Louis van Gaal implemented Wout-ball.

A surprising Dutch strategy caught La Albiceleste off guard, and the game went to overtime thanks to two goals from Weghorst in the last minutes. Argentina took command again in the extra time but ultimately won in a nail-biting penalty shootout.

You can't help but feel something extraordinary is happening within the Argentinian ranks as Lionel Messi pursues the glory he deserves. The magician plays well and will be crucial in penetrating Croatia's tough defense in the semi-final.

While their forwards are as dull as a butter knife, Croatia's midfield is dominant, and their defense is solid. They'll want to take charge of the game, which will likely enrage the Albiceleste, who will be begging for a breakthrough in the final third.

Even if the Europeans are not to be discounted, Messi and Argentina should prevail in a tight and maybe physical matchup.

Prediction: Argentina 2-1 Croatia.

France vs. Morocco

With 90 minutes left, the Arab world's unifying team may win the World Cup. Morocco's run in Qatar has been nothing short of extraordinary, but Walid Regragui's weakened squad will face the holders in the quarterfinals, who will provide the team with their biggest test yet.

France, looking to become the first country to win back-to-back World Cups since Brazil in 1962, was brutal against England in a high-quality quarterfinal clash.

There's no reason why this aggressive and athletic Morocco squad can't pull off one more miracle, given Les Bleus aren't as imposing as they were four years ago. The French provide Morocco with its greatest challenge at the tournament thus far, although Regragui may be missing many important players for this historic matchup.

Didier Deschamps' shrewd squad is designed to win games of this importance, and after a somewhat quiet performance in the last match, Kylian Mbappe is ready to put on another World Cup masterpiece.

Prediction: France 1-0 Morocco.

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