World Cup live: Argentina overpowers Croatia to reach World Cup final
AL DAAYEN, Qatar – Argentina and Lionel Messi did it again. The South American powerhouse advances to the World Cup final after beating Croatia 3-0.
It is the fifth time Argentina has reached the World Cup semi-finals (beating the USA in 1930, Belgium in 1986, Italy in 1990, and the Netherlands in 2014). And it’s the 6th time to advance to the finals. The last time Argentina became world champions was in 1986.
Both Argentina and Croatia had a cautious start as they both played conservatively and did not want to make mistakes early on. However, Argentina took the lead after half an hour and never looked back.
World Cup live: Argentina overpowers Croatia
In the 32nd minute, Julian Alvarez met Croatian keeper Dominik Rybaković and beat Alvarez to score a penalty. Argentinian star Lionel Messi stepped forward to do what he always seemed to do: he calmly and coolly shoved the ball to the right to give his team a 1-0 lead. Alvarez isn’t done yet.
He launched a comeback in the 39th minute, dribbling out from midfield, sprinting past three Croatian defenders, and flicking the ball past Rybakovic to give Argentina a 2–0 lead at half-time. I was. Messi collects records in Qatar. Next on the list is the World Cup.
That night he became a joint record player in men’s World Cup history with Lothar Matthäus and scored his 11th World Cup goal, overtaking Gabriel Batistuta for the most goals in Argentina’s history. However, it doesn’t matter if this tournament doesn’t end with a World Cup winner’s medal on his resume.
He played a role in leading Argentina to his sixth final and has scored in every knockout his round so far. And now he has a chance to join the list of the greatest players to win the highest award, alongside the likes of Pele and Diego his Maradona. game. He’s already had a career on par with his predecessors, but he’ll definitely take it to another level by winning the World Cup.
As one of only his two players after Argentina’s defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, he will find close competition is not enough. On Sunday, he got the chance to win the only trophy he has ever missed.
Lionel Messi’s lifelong dream of leading Argentina to the World Cup continues until the final day of Qatar 2022. La Albiceleste beat tired-looking Croatia 3-0 in Tuesday’s semi-final.
His two goals in the first half, a penalty by Messi, and a solo shot by Julian Alvarez in the second gave Argentina the upper hand at half-time.
Alvarez secured victory with his third late goal for Argentina after Messi’s superb assist, banishing the demons of a final defeat to the South American team and its 35-year-old captain in 2014. and gave Argentina a chance to secure their first World Cup since 1986.
Messi had a sore left hamstring for part of the match, but his maze-like run saw Yosko, one of his top defenders in the tournament, his Gvardiol defending against Argentina. You wouldn’t think he was offensive considering how he scored and scored his third goal in.
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