When is the FIFA World Cup 2022 final? Date and kick-off time of Argentina v France

People walk past an illuminated soccer ball ahead of the FIFA 2022 World cup soccer tournament at Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar November 15, 2022. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Dec 15 (Reuters) - The 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup is in full swing in Qatar. Here is what you need to know about the knockout stages of the tournament before the Dec. 18 final.

WHEN IS THE WORLD CUP FINAL?

The World Cup final will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18 which is Qatar National Day. The match will kick off at 1500 GMT (6 p.m. local time).

WHICH STADIUM IS HOSTING THE FINAL?

The 80,000 capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium, which is 15km north of central Doha and the largest venue for the tournament, will host the World Cup title clash.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group C - Saudi Arabia v Mexico - Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar - November 30, 2022 General view of fans outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

WHICH TEAMS WILL MEET IN THE FINAL?

Argentina will face 2018 champions France in the final, with both teams looking to win a third World Cup title.

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SEMI-FINALS?

Argentina v Croatia

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Semi Final - Argentina v Croatia - Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar - December 13, 2022 Argentina's Julian Alvarez celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Nahuel Molina as Croatia's Dominik Livakovic and teammates look dejected REUTERS/Carl Recine

Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in the semi-finals, with Lionel Messi coolly putting away a spot kick in the 34th minute to open the scoring before Julian Alvarez found the net on either side of halftime.

France v Morocco

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Semi Final - France v Morocco - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 14, 2022 Morocco's Jawad El Yamiq in action with France's Ibrahima Konate, Raphael Varane and Hugo Lloris REUTERS/Lee Smith - UP1EICE1J3NGC

Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani scored as Morocco were beaten 2-0 by France.

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE QUARTER-FINALS?

Croatia v Brazil

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Quarter Final - Croatia v Brazil - Education City Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 9, 2022 Brazil's Neymar and Raphinha look dejected after losing the penalty shootout REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Croatia stunned favourites Brazil 4-2 on penalties to reach the semi-finals for the second time in a row after battling back from a goal down in extra time.

Netherlands v Argentina

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Quarter Final - Netherlands v Argentina - Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar - December 9, 2022 Argentina's Emiliano Martinez makes a save as Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk reacts REUTERS/Carl Recine

Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shootout to keep captain Lionel Messi's World Cup dreams alive after the Dutch had snatched a 2-2 draw with two late goals in a gripping quarter-final.

Morocco v Portugal

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Quarter Final - Morocco v Portugal - Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 10, 2022 Morocco coach Walid Regragui celebrates with the players after the match as Morocco progress to the semi finals REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - UP1EICA1BN3MT

Morocco's extraordinary run in Qatar continued as they claimed another massive scalp by beating Portugal 1-0 to become the first African and Arab country to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

England v France

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Quarter Final - England v France - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 11, 2022 England's Harry Kane looks dejected after the match as England are eliminated from the World Cup REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Olivier Giroud sent France into the last four when his late header after Aurelien Tchouameni's opener clinched a gutsy 2-1 win over England on Saturday. England's Harry Kane blazed a penalty over the bar six minutes from time.

WHO MADE IT OUT OF THE GROUP STAGE?

GROUP A: Qatar (hosts), Ecuador, Senegal*, Netherlands*.

GROUP B: England*, Iran, United States*, Wales.

GROUP C: Argentina*, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland*.

GROUP D: France*, Australia*, Denmark, Tunisia.

GROUP E: Spain*, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan*.

GROUP F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco*, Croatia*.

GROUP G: Brazil*, Serbia, Switzerland*, Cameroon.

GROUP H: Portugal*, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea*.

* Teams that qualified for the last 16.

The group stage was a round-robin format with each of the 32 teams playing three matches. Teams were awarded three points for a win and one for a draw. The top two teams in each group went through to the last 16.

The first knockout round kicked off on Dec. 3. It will be followed by the quarter-finals from Dec. 9 and the semi-finals from Dec. 13.

The knockout rounds will feature one-off matches, which can go to extra time and then penalties to decide the winner.

The third-place playoff between the losing semi-finalists take places on Dec. 17 at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Ed Osmond and Christian Radnedge

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