Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 predictions, semi-final fixtures and results: Wednesday 14 December

The second semi-final at the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar sees reigning champions France tackle Morocco on Wednesday.

It’s the big guns versus the underdog tale of the tournament, with a considerable side-serving of colonial history to boot off the field.

Croatia or Argentina await in Sunday’s final, as the pair battle it out to take the penultimate step towards football glory.

World Cup predictions and fixtures for 14 December

*All kick off times are in Central Africa Time.

Semi-final: France vs Morocco – 21.00

France and Morocco go head-to-head for a place in Sunday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup final, as they collide in the second semi-final on Wednesday.

The reigning champions have rolled through into the last four this time around, with England their unfortunate quarter-final victims.

A beauty of a strike from Aurelien Tchouameni put Les Bleus into an early lead at the Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday night, only for Three Lions captain Harry Kane to pull his side level with a penalty 10 minutes after half time.

With Kylian Mbappe largely kept in check, it was Antoine Griezmann who provided the telling moment of magic.

His inch-perfect cross capped a fine performance and allowed record-busting veteran Olivier Giroud to stoop at the near post to head in what proved to be the winner.

That it did so was only thanks to Kane’s second penalty kick of the night, which he ballooned over the crossbar of Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris to send the French through at the end of an almighty contest.

The reward for Didier Deschamps and his charges is a shock meeting with the Moroccans.

Africa’s first ever World Cup semi-finalists made sure of their place in history when they dumped out Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal at the last eight stage earlier on Saturday.

A first half header from Youssef En-Nesyri sent the tens of thousands of African supporters wild in the stands at the Al Thumama Stadium.

Then came the second half rearguard action, including the introduction of Ronaldo from the bench in the 50th minute.

And the Atlas Lions held on, with the late sending off of Walid Cheddira for a second yellow card the only smudge on an historic occasion.

One more big push could yet set up a final with Argentina, which would throw together the two most raucous sets of supporters in the competition.

But the reigning champions and their vanquished finalists will have more than a little so say about that in both semi-finals.