World Cup matches: When the last two games in Qatar are taking place

World Cup match today: When are the last two games and how to watch on TV - GETTY IMAGES/ALEX LIVESEY
World Cup match today: When are the last two games and how to watch on TV - GETTY IMAGES/ALEX LIVESEY

The identity of the 2022 World Cup finalists are now known with Argentina taking on defending champions France on Sunday.

Before then comes the third-place play-off - the match no team ever really wants to play in after losing at the semi-final stage - with Croatia taking on Morocco on Saturday.

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.

Remaining fixtures

Croatia vs Morocco, third-place play-off, Saturday 3pm

Argentina vs France, final, Sunday, 3pm

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 that reached the quarter-finals were Netherlands, England, Argentina, France, Croatia, Brazil, Morocco and Portugal.

The teams that reached the semi-finals were Argentina, Croatia, France and Morocco.

Argentina are the first confirmed side in the World Cup final.

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 (GMT), 6pm local time, at the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium.

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.

This article is kept updated with the latest information