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The house always win. What applies to casinos also applies to FIFA ahead of the closing weekend of the World Cup. The sporting gods are certainly on FIFA’s side. France’s 2-0 win over Morocco on Wednesday sets up a dream final for organisers: Kylian Mbappé’s Les Bleus against Lionel Messi’s Argentina. On Paris’s Champs-Élysées, it felt like a win-win moment on Wednesday. The Atlas Lions beat the odds to reach the semi-finals, doing a nation and a continent proud as well as those French who have roots on the other side of the Mediterranean.

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