Excited to see Messi and the Albiceleste end the World Cup unbeaten? Us too.
With Argentina’s 3-0 win against Croatia on the 14th, Argentina has successfully secured its place in the FIFA World Cup Finals for all of 2022! But, as it turns out, that’s not the only victory for Argentinian sports fans, as an incident late in regulation involving French player Antoine Griezmann had caused him to be suspended from matches for four games according to FIFA’s disciplinary code.
Rapidly following the end of Sunday’s match, Argentinian media became concerned with the possibility that French fans could make a run for it to catch Eurostar, to make their way back home before midnight; this idea was quickly quashed when officials on-site made it clear that no one was going anywhere.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s office has tweeted several times with words of support for their National Team and a promise to “organize public transport for fans so they can get back home.” Former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also tweeted, “FIFA is going to send a mission to France because of all the problems we have experienced today.”
Unfortunately, due to the outburst from Griezmann, the French fans will not be able to enjoy their return. Now it was up to France’s National Football team to hope that they find victory against Morocco to advance and claim the victory for them on December 15th. In a press conference held Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron said, “Regardless of what happens after this game, the rivalry between France and Argentina has just been raised once more.”
Argentina’s win was not only for the FIFA World Cup. It was also a triumphant homecoming for players and fans alike. Thanks to the uncertainty of their travel home and a lack of support in the event of a draw, Argentina fans have begun to make their way back on Saturday, December 17th. This means that all major transportation systems will be full and delayed until the early morning hours on Sunday.
This year’s FIFA World Cup Final will be held on December 18th in Qatar, with either Argentina or France standing victorious. Thanks to everyone for your continued support throughout this tournament! We hope that everyone can return home safely following these events.
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