Stream the FIFA World Cup 2022 Final and Recap the Action
Two soccer heavyweights will square off December 18 in the FIFA World Cup Final when Argentina and aging superstar Lionel Messi go up against Kylian Mbappé and defending champion France.
The stakes are high—and the storylines endless.
Now, in the twilight of a legendary career, the 35-year-old Messi has said this will be his last World Cup, and he’s hoping to complete his lifelong dream of leading Argentina to its first title since 1986. Although he’s considered by many to be soccer’s greatest of all time, some critics contend he must win a World Cup to truly be considered the GOAT.
It won’t be easy. France is seeking to become the first team to repeat as World Cup men’s champs since Brazil in 1962. Mbappé, 23, is already considered one of the world’s best players. Like Messi, he flourished on the globe’s greatest stage throughout the 29-day tournament.
For fans not planning to attend the game live at the 80,000-seat Lusail Iconic Stadium in host country Qatar, there are still many ways to see the action and take in the excitement.
Where can I watch the FIFA World Cup Final?
In the United States, the big match is being broadcast live in English on Fox beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
To stream, you’ll need a subscription service that includes the Fox network, such as Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, FuboTV and DirecTV Stream.
The Spanish-language telecast will air on Telemundo and can be streamed exclusively on Peacock.
Fans can also catch the match via the Fox Sports and Telemundo Deportes websites and apps.
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Is there a third-place game?
Yes! Morocco, the first African team to reach the semifinals of the World Cup, lost to France 2-0, but they aren’t leaving Qatar just yet.
Morocco will now set its sights on defeating Croatia, which lost 3-0 in the semifinals to Brazil.
At stake are bronze medals and extra prize money for the winner. The action kicks off December 17 at 10 a.m. ET. Viewers have the same options as the Final, including watching it broadcast live on Fox.
How did the United States men’s national team perform in the World Cup?
Not bad. The USMNT advanced from the Opening Round to the Round of 16 by finishing second in Group B, following ties with England and Wales and a riveting 1-0 win over Iran. (In the opening round, the World Cup’s 32 teams are split into eight groups of four, with the winners and second-place finishers advancing to the next round.)
The Americans were eliminated following a 3-1 drubbing at the hands of the Netherlands.
Despite the loss, the USMNT’s strong showing in Qatar was a huge step for U.S. men’s soccer. The USMNT stunningly failed to qualify for the last World Cup, held in Russia in 2018, the first time that had occurred in more than three decades.
How did France and Argentina get to the Final?
France won two of its three matches in the opening round, beating Australia 4-1 and Denmark 2-1 before being upset 1-0 by Tunisia in a game that meant nothing for the reigning champs, as they had already clinched a trip to the Round of 16.
France then defeated Poland 3-1 to advance to the quarterfinals, where “Les Bleus” eked out a 2-1 thriller over England before beating the tournament’s Cinderella team, Morocco, to get to the big game.
Argentina had a far tougher path. After suffering a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia, Argentina went on to defeat Mexico and Poland by scores of 2-0 just to qualify for the Round of 16. Argentina then beat Australia 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals, where they played to a 2-2 draw with Netherlands. Penalty kicks decided who advanced to the next round, and Argentina came out ahead 4-3.
Argentina then stepped up its game, defeating Croatia 3-0 to advance to the Finals.
Who are the favorites to win?
Early odds released by BetMGM had France as the slight favorites at -120, meaning you need to bet $120 to win $100. Argentina was at -110, so you’d have to fork over $110 to win $100.
When is the next FIFA Women’s World Cup?
Australia and New Zealand will jointly host the games next year, July 20 through August 20. The U.S. women will look to make it three straight championships.
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