The stage is about for the FIFA World Cup 2022 ultimate as Argentina takes on defending champion France on the Lusail Stadium on Sunday. The match will kick off at 8:30 Indian Standard Time (IST).
Whereas Didier Deschamps’ France will look to develop into the one third facet in historical past to win the World Cup titles in two consecutive editions, Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina eyes its first title since successful the grandest sporting occasion in 1986.
Each France and Argentina misplaced one match every on the group stage, however they’ve been excellent en path to the ultimate, with Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi inspiring their groups to magnificent wins.
Argentina certified for the ultimate after a complete 3-0 win in opposition to Croatia within the semifinals, whereas France clinched a 2-0 win in opposition to Morocco to achieve its second successive ultimate.
Previous to Sunday’s ultimate, the South American and European giants performed one another 12 instances, with Argentina holding a 6-3 head-to-head edge over France. The remaining three matches led to attracts. Their most up-to-date assembly got here within the Russia World Cup when France beat Argentina 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Szymon Marciniak might be in command of the proceedings tonight. Within the ultimate, he might be among the many acquainted faces as he has already officiated matches involving Argentina and France on this World Cup.
The 41-year-old is a Polish referee. He has expertise officiating the Euro Cup, UEFA Champions League, Ekstraklasa – Poland’s prime division – and FIFA World Cup matches.
Marciniak joined the FIFA panel on the age of 30 in 2011 when he officiated Europa League matches. He officiated his first Champions League match in 2012 and made his worldwide debut on the Euro 2016.
That is Marciniak’s second World Cup, and he’s recognized to be operating matches with an iron fist. Within the 2018 World Cup, he officiated two video games. Within the Qatar World Cup, this might be his third match. He oversaw the Group D match between France and Denmark and Argentina vs Australia pre-quarterfinal conflict. In these two matches, he booked 5 gamers as each the finalists Argentina and France received 2-1.
Within the Champions League this yr, he officiated three matches – Dinamo Zagreb vs AC Milan, Barcelona vs Inter Milan and Marseille vs Tottenham Hotspur – and booked 11 gamers.
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Up to now, he was criticised by former Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel after the Premier League facet misplaced to Actual Madrid within the Champions League final season. Tuchel accused Marciniak of ‘having a great time’ with the Actual Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Marciniak might be assisted by his Polish compatriots Pawel Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz, whereas Ismail Elfath of the USA would be the fourth official. The VAR official for this match Tomasz Kwiatkowski can also be a Polish nationwide.
Match officers for Argentina vs France FIFA World Cup 2022 ultimate
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Assistant Referees: Pawel Sokolnicki (Poland) and Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Video Assistant Referee: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (Poland)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Juan Soto (Venezuela)
Offside Video Assistant Referee: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Assist Video Assistant Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)