Doha: The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has reached its final weekend as Argentina and France get set to face off for the title on Sunday while Croatia and Morocco battle it out for third place a day earlier.
There was a mixture of emotions for those involved in the semi-final clashes with elation for the Argentines and the French and heartbreak for the Croatians and the Moroccans.
And those feelings are reflected as the-AFC.com delves into the social media accounts of those involved.
Doha: After 62 matches at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the two finalists have been confirmed as Argentina get set to face defending champions France in the showpiece event at Lusail Stadium on Sunday.
A Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina had few problems in brushing aside Croatia 3-0 on Tuesday before an early goal for the holders set them on their way to a hard-fought 2-0 win over Morocco on Wednesday.
The-AFC.com highlights some of the stats and facts that stood out.
Al Khor: Theo Hernandez's goal against Morocco on Wednesday set France on their way to a second successive FIFA World Cup final. But it could have been very different if his brother had not been injured minutes into the tournament.
Lucas Hernandez tore an anterior cruciate ligament in France's Qatar 2022 opening victory over Australia, ruling the Bayern Munich defender out for several months.
The injury blow came days after Les Bleus lost Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema to a thigh problem, with France head coach Didier Deschamps already deprived of first-choice midfielders Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante.
Al Khor: France head coach Didier Deschamps admitted he was "immensely proud" after his side’s 2-0 win over Morocco took the holders through to another FIFA World Cup final on Wednesday, where he said his team would try to find a way of countering Lionel Messi in "scintillating form" for Argentina.
An early goal by Theo Hernandez and a late finish from substitute Randal Kolo Muani at the Al Bayt Stadium saw off the first ever African or Arab team to reach a FIFA World Cup semi-final.