In the first semi final of the tournament, Argentina and Croatia will be facing each other World Cup on Tuesday, France will meet Morocco in the second 24 hour later.
Here, the PA news agency looks back at the last four confrontations with Qatar and how things have changed in the build up.
Messi broke his own record
Lionel Messi is chasing glory at what will most likely be his final. World Cup is poised to make a record-setting 25th appearance in this competition in Tuesday’s Lusail Stadium game, where he defeated Lothar Matthaus, a former German player.
Lionel Scaloni, Argentina’s boss, spoke at a press conference Monday. He said about the skipper, 35 years old:HeHe’s always been a winner. HeWe’re so happy that he’s so enthusiastic and willing to keep playing football.
“We continue to enjoy him. That’s the (most important) thing we can do – that’s for us and the football world.”
Left back Nicolas Tagliafico said: “He Is our captain, our leader. He He is the one who motivates and pushes us. He is the one who has that special advantage.”
Scaloni defends his men
After a 2-2 draw, Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-3 in penalties to reach the semifinals. Scaloni defends his team’s conduct during that fiery match.
Scaloni’s players were quick and furious after winning the shoot-out. Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz gave out many bookings, and FIFA announced disciplinary proceedings against both FIFA and Scaloni for misconduct in the match.
Scaloni said: “The previous game was played the way we had to play it from both teams, the Netherlands and Argentina, and that is football.
“In football, there are times when you have to defend or attack. And sometimes, things can happen just like the last game. There will be arguments and more difficult times but that’s about it. It is why there is a referee that does justice.
“We respect all teams. We have to stop assuming that we are good losers or winners – that is a farce from who we are as a nation, as a group, and as a country.
Croatia is looking for the ‘best’ moment
Zlatko Dlic, Croatia’s head coach, believes that a victory over Argentina will overshadow the semi-final win against England which he managed en route to the team finishing runners up at the 2018 Olympics. World Cup in Russia
Dalic, whose side beat Brazil on penalties in their last eight games on Friday, said: “The semi-final against England in the last World Cup was the greatest game ever played, but the match against Brazil is second.
“If Croatia wins tomorrow, it will be the greatest historic match of all time.”
“We are among the top four teams in the world, that is an extraordinary success for Croatia, it is great to be among the top four national teams in football for two World Three cups in a row. (And) we want more.”
Varane is not for complacency in France
Wednesday’s match at Al Bayt stadium features France, England’s conquerors and defending champions, taking on Morocco, the surprise package in the tournament that was won by Portugal in quarter-finals.
Looking ahead to the match, French defender Raphael Varane said: “We have a lot of experience and will not fall into the trap of thinking we are favourites.
“If Morocco has reached the semi-finals, it is not due to luck. They defend well and it will be very difficult.
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