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World Cup fixtures 2022: When are the semi-finals and final? And how to watch on TV

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Lionel Messi - World Cup matches today: When the Qatar 2022 semi-finals are taking place - Clive Brunskill/Getty Images © Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Lionel Messi - World Cup matches today: When the Qatar 2022 semi-finals are taking place - Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The Qatar 2022 semi-finals are upon us, with Argentina, Croatia, France and Morocco the only teams left standing.

In the quarter-finals, Croatia pulled off a surprise penalty shootout win over tournament favourites Brazil, while Argentina also needed spot-kicks to overcome a spirited Dutch side. 

Cristiano Ronaldo went off in tears as Morocco shocked Portugal with a 1-0 win, while Gareth Southgate's England were dumped out by world champions France after Harry Kane missed a crucial equalising penalty.

The 22nd edition of the quadrennial tournament, which began way back in 1930, is also the first to be held in an Arab country. The State of Qatar is the smallest country in size (11,600 km2) and population (2.7 million) ever to host.

The World Cup featured eight groups of four teams before the top two from each went through to the knockout round of 16, which is followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final

This format will be changed for the World Cup 2026 when the tournament will be expanded to 48 teams as the USA, Mexico and Canada co-host.

Semi-final fixtures

Argentina vs Croatia, Tuesday 13th December (7pm, BBC/ITV)

France vs Morocco, Wednesday 14th December (7pm, BBC/ITV)

When did the knockout stages start?

The knockout stages of this year's World Cup began on Saturday, December 3 with the round of 16, before moving through to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. 

A total of 16 teams progressed to the knockouts. They were Netherlands, Senegal, England, USA, Argentina, Poland, France, Australia, Morocco, Croatia, Japan, Spain, Brazil, Switzerland, Portugal and South Korea.

The teams to have reached the quarter-finals were Netherlands, England, Argentina, France, Croatia, Brazil, Morocco and Portugal.

What date is the World Cup 2022 final?

The last match of the World Cup will take place on Qatar National Day – Sunday, December 18. It will kick-off at 3pm UK time (6pm in Qatar, 10am ET, 9am CT and 7am PT) at the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium.

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Where is the next World Cup taking place?

The World Cup 2026 will be held across three host countries – America, Canada and Mexico – in a tournament first after the trio's bid fended off a strong proposal from Morocco. The competition matches will be played across 16 different cities – 11 from America, two in Canada and three in Mexico. 

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