Argentina VS Croatia FIFA LIVE Football Score 13/12/2022

Argentina VS Croatia FIFA LIVE Football Score 13/12/2022

Lionel Messi scored 10 world cup goals and equaled Gabriel Batistuta, who held the record of scoring the highest number of world cup goals by an Argentine for 20 years. When he is not scoring, he is assisting his teammates to score. With Marcelo Brozovic, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic producing a fantastic performance, Croatia’s midfield played defence via possession against Brazil. That should work against Argentina as well.

Doha, Qatar – The cameras clicked and panned in with Lionel Messi’s every move, as reporters rushed to record their pieces to camera with the Argentinian captain as their backdrop. About 400 journalists, mostly photographers and videographers, had gathered at Qatar University on Monday to see Argentina train before their semifinal showdown against Croatia on Tuesday evening at the Lusail Stadium.

The media were mostly from Argentina and Latin America. They had 15 minutes to gather as much footage and photos before security escorted everyone out. The 35-year-old star said before the tournament that this will be his last World Cup, which has only led to increased attention. He has won every major club and national team title, except the World Cup. He came close in 2014, but the South Americans lost to Germany in the final.

The “little magician” is set to equal another record tomorrow. It will be his 25th World Cup match, bringing him to level with the great German Lothar Matthaus as the joint record appearance-maker in World Cup history. The players stepped out onto the floodlight-lit training pitch shortly 5:30pm (14:30 GMT) Doha time.

Both players have been crucial to their country’s runs at this World Cup, and scored in their quarter-final penalty shootout wins. Messi took the first kick as Argentina beat the Netherlands, while Modric scored Croatia’s third kick in their win over tournament favourites Brazil. Modric is the first player to score three penalties in shootouts at the World Cup (also netting against Denmark and Russia in 2018). In 90 or 120 minutes, Messi has the edge. He has scored four goals and assisted two, while Modric has yet to record a goal or an assist – however Messi plays up front, while Modric operates in midfield. Barcelona legend Messi scored a penalty against Saudi Arabia, scored and assisted a goal against Mexico and had a penalty saved against Poland in the group stage.

He scored the opener against Australia in the last 16 and assisted the opening goal against the Netherlands in the quarter-final, before scoring from the spot in the 73rd minute – and again in the shootout. Speaking on BBC One, Martin Keown said: “Lionel Messi just keeps producing. It was a really quality penalty. He is in top form. His confidence and belief is flowing through his colleagues.”

Following Argentina’s victory over Australia, fellow former England defender Rio Ferdinand said: “The best individual performance from a player at this World Cup. It was almost god-like. I’ve not seen anything like this.” And former Argentina team-mate Pablo Zabaleta said: “I think Messi knows that this is his last World Cup and you can really see that he is enjoying it.”

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Modric caught Micah Richards’ eye in Croatia’s quarter-final against Brazil. “We thought it would be his last World Cup,” the ex-England defender said on BBC One. “Some of the passes he made, controlling the tempo – he dictated at his pace and Brazil didn’t know what to do.”

Modric was replaced before the penalties in Croatia’s last-16 shootout win over Japan – but stayed on against Brazil. “Again, Luka led for 120 minutes and was at the head of the team,” Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic said. “It is unbelievable how he plays for his age, and he was not tired.

“When we fell behind, we were thinking of replacing a midfield player and asked him what his situation was. He said he was still fully ready. He showed again that he is one of the best players in the world.” Messi has had more shots (25) and efforts on target (12) than anybody else in the World Cup – with France’s Kylian Mbappe, his Paris St-Germain team-mate, second on both counts. Mbappe leads him 5-4 in the race for the Golden Boot.

Only four players have made more successful passes in the final third than Modric’s 201; Messi is eighth on the list with 171. Modric has made the fifth-most crosses, 28, in the tournament. Modric has also impressed further back on the pitch, with only two players having won possession more times (39) or made more interceptions (eight) than the Croat. In the much less scientific BBC Sport player ratings, as selected by our readers, Messi’s average over five games is 7.01, with Modric on 7.46.

After losing the final to Germany in 2014, Lionel Messi’s boys got eliminated in the Round of 16 last time. This time, too, they had a shocking start in the FIFA World Cup 2022 as they lost to Saudi Arabia 1-2 in their opening match. Both the teams that qualified from Group F, Morocco and Croatia, will be playing semi-finals at the FIFA World Cup 2022, albeit separately.

After a difficult quarter-final match against the Netherlands, Argentina advanced to the FIFA World Cup 2022 semi-finals. The game was tense, concluded 2-2 at the very end and was eventually won by Messi’s boys in penalty shoot-outs. There has been remarkable cohesion among the La Albicelestes team as it appears that they are playing to watch Messi win the world cup before leaving the stage.

In a thrilling quarterfinal, the 2018 finalists proved to be too tough for Brazil, managing to square the score after Neymar’s goal in extra time before prevailing again on penalties. Croatia just cannot be disregarded, even though they are not always the most entertaining to watch. It might realistically be two consecutive final appearances for a golden generation that many had already written off, boasting quality across the board and the kind of cohesion many teams would envy.

The players in their dark blue training kit appeared to be in great spirits, with smiles and banter all around with loud laughter every now and again. Argentina has lost one match in their last 41 games. The players spent most of the 15 minutes doing basic drills, mostly keepy-uppies and crossing, jogging or stretching. As the journalists were led out, the players gathered at the centre circle of the pitch with the coaching team joining them. Away from the gaze of the media, it was about to get serious.

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