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What World Cup game is on today? Full schedule, kick-off times and semi-final fixtures

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The 2022 World Cup in Qatar began on 20 November as 32 teams aim to reach the final and become world champions on 18 December.

The tournament is the first to be held in the Arab world and only the second to take place in Asia, after Japan and South Korea joint-hosted the event in 2002. This edition will be the last to feature just 32 teams, with the tournament being expanded from 2026 onwards in order to feature 48 nations.

Reigning champions France are among the favourites, though no team has successfully defended the World Cup since Brazil in 1962, alongside fellow European sides England, Spain, and the Netherlands. Brazil and Argentina feature in the knockout stages, while Senegal could represent Africa’s biggest hopes of winning for the first time.

England met play-off winners Wales in Group B with USA advancing alongside them. Germany went out after being drawn in a tough-looking Group E with Spain, Japan and Costa Rica, while Portugal and South Korea emerged from Group H ahead of Ghana and Uruguay.

Hosts Qatar started their tournament against Ecuador, before taking on Senegal and Netherlands – the latter duo were set to be the first match of the 2022 World Cup before organisers moved Qatar’s match to be a day earlier. Because of excessive summer temperatures in the Gulf state, the Qatar World Cup is the first to be staged in winter rather than summer.

Check out the full World Cup fixtures and schedule below.

Who is playing today and how to watch on TV in UK and US

Croatia take on Argentina tonight at 7pm GMT in the first of the two semi-finals. The game will be broadcast live in the UK on ITV1 and streamed online via ITVX. In Scotland the game can be viewed on STV and STV Player. In the US, the game will be showed on FOX Sports.

Morocco play France on Wednesday on Wednesday evening, also at 7pm GMT.

Key dates

Group stage: 20 November to 2 December

Round of 16: 3-6 December

Quarter-finals: 9-10 December

Semi-finals: 13-14 December

Final: 18 December

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