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Messi's Argentina crush Croatia and advance to Qatar 2022 World Cup final

Tuesday, December 13th 2022 - 21:45 UTC
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Messi's class and Julián Álvarez's finishing proved too strong for Croatia Messi's class and Julián Álvarez's finishing proved too strong for Croatia

Argentina's Lionel Messi and Julián Álvarez were too tough an opposition to the 2018 runners-up Croatia as Argentina breezed through to the Qatar 2002 football World Cup final with a 3-0 victory.

 It will be the South Americans' sixth title match after winning in 1978 and 1986 and losing the deciding games in 1930, 1990, and 2014. It will also be Messi's second final, after losing in Rio de Janeiro to Germany. The Rosario-born player arguably lacks a world cup to equal Diego Maradona's accomplishments as Argentina's best player of all times.

Argentina, also known as “La Scaloneta” after coach Lionel Scaloni, will face Wednesday's winners of the other semifinal featuring reigning champions France against Morocco, the tournament's revelation.

Messi opened the score from the spot after 33 minutes. Croatian keeper Dominik Livakovic, the hero in his team's quarterfinal routing of Brazil on penalties, was cautioned for rough physical action against Álvarez inside the box.

Five minutes later Álvarez finished a superb solo run to give La Scaloneta a 2-0 advantage. And 23 minutes after the interval Messi dribbled past half of the Croatian defense to assist Álvarez to make it 3-0.

Croatia's efforts were useless, as Argentine keeper Dibu Martínez had no trouble controlling the occasional long-distance shot and the numerous crossings. With only five minutes plus stoppage time to go, the Europeans gave up. Croatian Coach Zlatko Dalic pulled 37-year-old star Luka Modric off the pitch and sent on substitute Lovro Majer.

After the final whistle, people all across Argentina took to the streets to celebrate.

The final match will be played Sunday, while Croatia and the loser of Wednesday's clash will face each other for third place Saturday.

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  • Pugol-H

    Argy Planter

    And we will be waiting for you.

    Unlike Atahualpa or the Mapuche, we have more than just sticks and stones with which to defend our territory.

    Locked and loaded, ready when you are.

    Dec 14th, 2022 - 03:26 pm +2
  • bushpilot

    Argentine thief,

    No one took anything from you in 1833. You are just badly brainwashed since you were a small child. Your brain has been very pickled.

    Like a thief, you ignore the land your country has taken from Chile and Paraguay and the indigenous people of Patagonia who were there long before you were.

    The one who wants to steal something saying, “They stole that from us!” to try and steal it.

    Bunch of devious liars. Good thing you've become weak-brained idiots from never trying to acquire anything honestly. The only thing that has any capability is your forked-tongue.

    Dec 14th, 2022 - 03:56 pm +1
  • Argentine citizen

    very proud of the argentinian national team..
    And of the millions of people singing massively willing to immolate themselves and die to recover what the English took from us in 1833

    We will be back

    Dec 14th, 2022 - 05:10 am 0
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