Argentina vs. Croatia highlights: Messi, Argentina roll into final, 3-0


The FIFA World Cup 2022 entered his last four on Tuesday, as Argentina conveniently defeated Croatia 3-0 at Lusail Stadium in Qatar in the first semi-final of the tournament.

Argentina will now play both France or Morocco in Sunday’s last game (10 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app), while Croatia will play for third place on Saturday against the loser of the match between France and Morocco (10 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app).

Highlights Argentina vs. Croatia

Argentina defeated Croatia 3-0 in the semi-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Here are the best plays!

Argentina vs. Croatia

0′: Two greats ready for action

Lionel Messi and Luka Modrić shook hands as they prepared for the game.

15′: An early Messi fear?

Messi was seen clutching his hamstring after a run early in the game against Croatia. But he kept playing and seemed fine.

25′: First save of the match

Enzo Fernández had saved a shot into the bottom right corner, the first by either side in the game.

34′: Goal! Messi drills PK, Argentina lead 1-0

Messi capitalized after Argentina were awarded the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner. With the goal, Messi became Argentina’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Lionel Messi scores from a penalty for a 1-0 lead

Lionel Messi scores from a penalty for a 1-0 lead

Another look at Messi’s goal

Another look at Messi's goal

39′: Goal! Argentina strikes again! Leads 2-0

Julián Álvarez fired from the box with the right to give Argentina a 2–0 lead.

Julian Alvarez of Argentina scores goal vs. Croatia in 39′

Julian Alvarez of Argentina scores goal vs.  Croatia in 39'

42′: Almost a third!

Argentina nearly scored its third goal of the half when a Messi corner was headed by Alexis Mac Allister, but it was saved by Dominik Livakovic.

Halftime: Argentina 2-0

46′: Messi still sore

Lionel Messi appeared to be troubled early in the first half.

58′: Almost a second ahead of Messi

Lionel Messi’s shot was saved by Dominik Livakovic to keep the deficit to two goals.

62′: Almost Croatia’s first

For the first time in the game, Croatia almost knocked a shot to Argentina, but keeper Emiliano Martinez managed to get it.

69′: Goal! Messi provides assist for second Alvarez goal! Argentina 3-0.

Julián Álvarez scored his second goal of the match as Argentina earned a 3–0 lead on Lionel Messi’s fourth assist of the World Cup.

Julian Alvarez of Argentina scores goal vs. Croatia in 69′

Julian Alvarez of Argentina scores goal vs.  Croatia in 69'

Argentina’s Julian Alvarez scored a goal against Croatia in the 69′ of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

75′: Alvarez retires

Julián Álvarez is replaced by a loud ovation after conceding his two goals.

81′: Modrić fell to a loud ovation

Luka Modrić is replaced on the field and Argentina are firmly in control late in the game.

Final: Argentina 3-0

Messi couldn’t help but smile after the match

Argentinian fans were ready


Set up the stage

Tuesday’s match is the sixth overall meeting between Argentina and Croatia and the third World Cup meeting between these two countries, splitting the previous two matchups apiece. The most recent World Cup match was in 2018 when Croatia beat Argentina 3-0 in the group stage.

Overall, the series between the two countries is tied at 2-1-2 for today’s game.

Looking ahead to the final, Argentina has reached the final in each of the previous four times it has made it to a semi-final in the World Cup (1930, 1986, 1990, 2014).

On the other hand, Croatia is undefeated in its previous 11 games and aims to become the fifth runners-up of the previous World Cup to reach the final at the next World Cup, joining the Netherlands in 1978, West Germany in 1986 and 1990 , and Brazil in 2002.

Last World Cup meeting….

Two of the best ready

For the first time, the Golden Ball winners of the two previous World Cup tournaments will face each other in a FIFA World Cup match.

Luka Modrić shows some style

Almost that time

Both sides are in a good mood

Flashback to the quarterfinals

Messi has a mission

Messi has arrived

Back in Argentina, the game is central

Luka Modrić and Croatia have arrived

The emotion of the game’s most stressful situation: penalty kicks

Messi and Argentina take the field to a wild ovation

Argentinian fans bring the energy

Messi and Modrić battle for the elusive World Cup title

Almost time

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The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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