When is the World Cup final? Date, kick-off time and venue

When is the World Cup final? Date, kick-off time and venue

The 2022 World Cup final is nearly upon us and Lionel Messi will have the chance to claim glory.

Argentina will face France this weekend to compete for the ultimate prize in football’s showpiece tournament.

The World Cup final takes place this Sunday

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The World Cup final takes place this Sunday

Albiceleste swept aside Croatia, winning 3-0 in their semi-final before Les Bleus beat Morocco 2-0 to progress.

Messi will cement himself as one of the greatest players of all time if he lifts the Jules Rimet trophy.

While Didier Deschamps’ side can become only the third team to win consecutive World Cups, joining Italy and Brazil.

World Cup final: date and kick-off time

The World Cup final will take place on Sunday, December 18. 

It will kick off at 3pm UK time, which is 6pm local time.

The third place play-off match will take place the day before, also at 3pm UK time.

The final will be live on talkSPORT with commentary coming from Adrian Durham, Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce.

talkSPORT World Cup 2022 Coverage

talkSPORT is bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup.

We are broadcasting all 64 games in the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network.

You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.

talkSPORT is widely available across the UK via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

You can also download the talkSPORT app, or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.

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World Cup final: Where will the final be played? 

The final will be played at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, just outside Doha.

The venue has a capacity of 80,000 and was given a futuristic look with a roof to help provide shade to supporters in the Qatar heat.

The stadium has held ten games throughout the tournament including Argentina’s semi-final triumph.

The entire city of Lusail’s 80,000-capacity stadium will host the World Cup final

The entire city of Lusail’s 80,000-capacity stadium will host the World Cup final

World Cup final: Squads and team news

Argentina will have Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel back from suspension after they missed out on the semi-final win against Croatia.

While France have some worries after being forced to deal with illness as Adrien Rabiot, Dayot Upamecano and Kingsley Coman had to sit out against Morocco.

Ahead of the final, new reports have revealed that Raphael Varane and Upamecano’s replacement Ibrahima Konate are also now struggling with illness.

Argentina squad

  • Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez, Geronimo Rulli, Franco Armani
  • Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, Cristian Romero, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Tagliafico, Juan Foyth
  • Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister, Guido Rodriguez, Alejandro Gomez, Enzo Fernandez, Exequiel Palacios
  • Forwards: Angel di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Julian Alvarez, Nicolas Gonzalez, Joaquin Correa, Paulo Dybala, Lionel Messi

France squad

  • Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda
  • Defenders: Lucas Hernandez, Theo Hernandez, Axel Disasi, Ibrahima Konate, Jules Kounde, Benjamin Pavard, William Saliba, Dayot Upamecano, Raphael Varane
  • Midfielders Eduardo Camavinga, Youssouf Fofana, Matteo Guendouzi, Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout
  • Forwards: Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Christopher Nkunku, Marcus Thuram

Messi has the chance to win his first World Cup in his final game

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Messi has the chance to win his first World Cup in his final game

World Cup final: What has been said?

Argentina icon Messi has confirmed that Sunday’s final will be his last ever World Cup game.

He said: “I am very happy for finishing my journey in World Cups in a final, to play the last game in a final. That is really very gratifying.

“Everything I lived in this World Cup has been emotional, seeing how much it has been enjoyed in Argentina.

“There are a lot of years from this year to the next one. I don’t think I will be able to do that. To finish this way is brilliant.”

World Cup final: Routes to the final

Quarter-finals

Friday 9 December

  • Game 57: Brazil 1-1 (pens 2-4) Croatia
  • Game 58: Netherlands 2-2 (pens 3-4) Argentina

Saturday 10 December

  • Game 59: Morocco 1-0 Portugal
  • Game 60: France 2-1 England

Semi-finals

Tuesday 13 December

  • Game 61: Croatia 0-3 Argentina

Wednesday 14 December

  • Game 62: France 2-0 Morocco

Third-place play-off

Saturday 17 December

Final

Sunday 18 December

talkSPORT World Cup 2022 Coverage

talkSPORT is bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup.

We are broadcasting all 64 games in the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network.

You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com.

talkSPORT is widely available across the UK via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

You can also download the talkSPORT app, or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.


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