Highlights Argentina vs Croatia: Messi, Argentina advance 3-0 to final

That FIFA World Cup 2022 entered the last four on Tuesday Argentina handily defeated Croatia 3-0 at Lusail Stadium in Qatar in the first semi-final match of the tournament.

Argentina will also play now France or Morocco in the last game on Sunday (10 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App), while Croatia meet the losers of the match between France and Morocco in the third-place play-off on Saturday (10 a.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports App).

Highlights Argentina vs. Croatia

Highlights Argentina vs. Croatia

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

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Argentina vs Croatia

0′: Two sizes ready for action

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

15′: An early Messi scare?

Messi was spotted grabbing his hamstring after an early run against Croatia. But he kept playing and seemed fine.

25′: First save of the game

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

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

Messi capitalized after Argentina conceded the penalty with a left-footed shot into the top right corner. The goal made Messi Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer at the World Cup.

Lionel Messi scores from the penalty spot to take the lead 1-0

Lionel Messi scores from the penalty spot to take the lead 1-0

Another look at Messi’s goal

Another look at Messi's goal

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

Julián Álvarez gave Argentina a 2-0 lead with a right-footed shot from inside the box.

Argentina’s Julian Alvarez scores against Croatia in 39′

Argentina's Julian Alvarez scores against Croatia in 39'

42′: Almost a third!

Argentina almost scored their third half-time goal when Messi’s corner was headed by Alexis Mac Allister, but it was saved by Dominik Livakovic.

Half time: Argentina 2-0

46′: Messi is still hurting

Lionel Messi appeared to be plagued by a problem from the start of the first half.

58′: Almost a second for Messi

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

62′: Almost the first of Croatia

For the first time in the game, Croatia almost threw a shot at Argentina, but goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez managed to prevent it.

69 .: Goal! Messi assists Alvarez’s second goal! Argentina 3-0.

Julián Álvarez scored his second goal of the game as Argentina went 3-0 up after Lionel Messi’s fourth assist at the World Cup.

Argentina’s Julian Alvarez scores against Croatia in 69′

Argentina's Julian Alvarez scores against Croatia in 69'

Argentina’s Julian Alvarez scored a goal against Croatia in the 69th minute at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.

75′: Alvarez substituted

Julián Álvarez is substituted off to loud applause after conceding his two goals.

81 minutes: Modrić comes on to loud applause

Towards the end of the game, Luka Modrić is substituted on the field while Argentina remain in full control.

Final: Argentina 3-0

Messi had to smile after the game

Argentina fans were prepared

Foreplay:

Prepare the stage

Tuesday’s game will be the sixth meeting between Argentina and Croatia and the third World Cup meeting between these two nations, with the previous two encounters being shared. The last World Cup game was in 2018 when Croatia beat Argentina 3-0 in the group stage.

Overall, the series between the two countries ahead of tonight’s game is 2-1-2.

As for the finals, Argentina have reached the finals in the last four World Cup semi-finals (1930, 1986, 1990, 2014).

On the other hand, Croatia is unbeaten in the last 11 games and aims to become the fifth runner-up from the last World Cup to reach the final at the next World Cup, along with Netherlands in 1978, West Germany in 1986 and 1990, and Brazil in 2002.

Last World Cup meeting….

Two of the best are ready to go

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

Luka Modrić shows style

Almost at this time

Both sides are in a good mood

Review of the quarterfinals

Messi is on a mission

Messi has arrived

Back in Argentina, the focus is on the game

Luka Modrić and Croatia have arrived

The emotion of the most stressful situation in the game: penalty shootout

Messi and Argentina take the field to a wild ovation

Argentina fans bring the energy

Messi and Modrić fight for the elusive world title

Almost time

Stay tuned for updates!

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