Argentina vs Croatia, FIFA World Cup 2022, Semi-Final Highlights: Lionel Messi Teams Up With Alvarez To Fire Argentina To 6th World Cup Final

FIFA World Cup 2022, Argentina vs Croatia Highlights: Two goals from Julian Alvarez and one from Lionel Messi guided Argentina to a 3-0 win over Croatia in the first semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022 at the Lusail Stadium on Wednesday (IST). With this win, the Lionel Messi-led side has stormed into the final of the tournament and will be facing either France or Morocco. This is Argentina’s sixth entry into the World Cup final overall and their second in eight years. The loss has closed the doors for the 2018 runners-up Croatia, and they will now be facing the loser of the second semi-final in the third-place play-off. (Matchcentre)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Argentina and Croatia Semi-Final Highlights: A Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina thumped 2018 runners-up Croatia 3-0 to set up a World Cup final against either France or Morocco.

Here are the Highlights of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Football Match between Argentina and Croatia straight from the Lusail Stadium:

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  • December14202202:49 (IST)FIFA WC: Thank youThat’s it for today! Tomorrow the second finalist will be decided. Either defending champion France or surprise package Morocco will face Argentina in the final! We will cover that game live. Do join us!
  • December14202202:46 (IST)FIFA WC: Messi on a missionMessi, 35, who suffered defeat to Germany in the 2014 final, is desperate to crown his extraordinary career by winning his first World Cup and bringing Argentina a third title to add to those won in 1978 and 1986.
  • December14202202:45 (IST)FIFA WC: Record for MessiIt was Messi’s fifth goal of the tournament, making him joint top-scorer with France’s Kylian Mbappe. His 11th career goal — in a record-equalling 25th World Cup appearance — also took him past Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina’s all-time World Cup top scorer.
  • December14202202:35 (IST)FIFA WC: Argentina beat CroatiaArgentina defeat Croatia 3-0 in the semi-final match and storm into the final of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Julian Alvarez scored a brace while Lionel Messi scored the opener as Argentina clearly dominated the game. 
  • December14202202:22 (IST)FIFA WC: 5 mins of stoppage timeThe stoppage time for the second-half of the first semi-final match between Argentina and Croatia is 5 minutes. Argentina have clearly dominated the game as they have taken a 3-0 lead. 
  • December14202202:19 (IST)FIFA WC: Alexis Mac Allister misses the targetArgentina miss out on a chance to take a 3-0 lead as Alexis Mac Allister unleashes a shot towards the target but thee ball wide of the right post. 
  • December14202202:12 (IST)FIFA WC: Croatia made changesIn the last 10 minutes of the game, Croatia make some changes in their lineup. Luka Modric gets replaced by Lovro Majer. 
  • December14202202:09 (IST)FIFA WC: Ivan Perisic misses the targetIvan Perisic delivers a shot towards the target but the ball goes over the crossbar and Croatia miss out on a golden opportunity to get a goal. 
  • December14202202:04 (IST)FIFA WC: GOALGOAL!!! Julian Alvarez strikes twice as he provides Argentina with their third goal of the night. He gets an assist from Lionel Messi and easily dodges goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic. Live score: ARG 3: CRO 0 (69″)
  • December14202201:57 (IST)FIFA WC: Messi hold the opponentArgentina star Lionel Messi tries to hold one of his opponents and referee Daniele Orsato has clear sight of the incident and immediately stops the play. 
  • December14202201:49 (IST)FIFA WC: Foul from Julian AlvarezReferee Daniele Orsato wastes no time and signals a foul after Argentina’s Julian Alvarez recklessly brings an opponent down while trying to snatch the ball. 
  • December14202201:48 (IST)FIFA WC: No goal for ArgentinaArgentina’s Lionel receives a good pass and fires a shot towards the target. However, goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic makes a brilliant effort and stops the goal from close range. Argentina in 2-0 lead. 
  • December14202201:41 (IST)FIFA WC: Luka Modric misses the targetCroatia’s Luka Modric delivers the ball into the penalty area from a free-kick. However, Argentina goalkeeper makes a good effort and deny Croatia an easy goal. 
  • December14202201:38 (IST)FIFA WC: Foul from Nicolas OtamendiReferee Daniele Orsato wastes no time and signals a foul after Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi slides between the feet of an opposition player and brings him down. 
  • December14202201:35 (IST)FIFA WC: We are back underwayHello and welcome back to the second-half of semi-final match between Argentina and Croatia. Argentina are in 2-0 lead and Croatia need to redeem themselves in order to win the game. 

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