Argentina and Croatia meets again for the World Cup 2022 Semi Final on Tuesday, 13 December 2022, and the whole lot of fans all around the world are waiting to see the outcome.
Looking back, we will know that Croatia defeated Argentina 3-0 in the 2018 World Cup group stage at Russia. And all the three goals fell in the second half with Luka Modric in the scoresheet alongside Ante Rebic and Ivan Rakitic.
Also base on records, the only meeting between the two was at the 1998 World Cup, Croatia’s inaugural appearance as an independent nation at the competition. Argentina bagged a narrow 1-0 win courtesy of a strike from defender Mauricio Pineda.
Clearly, the first semi-final of the 2022 World Cup between Argentina and Croatia will be a battle of the brain, and it is not easy to predict which team will go on to the final match of the group stage.
And base on the assessment, Argentina will be an active team when possessing a quality squad with superstar Messi. At the same time, they are in good form when they won 3, drew 1 and lost only 1 time after 5 matches at the 2022 World Cup (only counted in the official 90 minutes).
But saying that does not mean that Argentina will be allowed to be subjective. Remember, Croatia does not have an impressive performance like the opponent, but that does not mean that they are an easy team to bully.
You need to also remember, Modric and his teammates are one of the two teams that have not lost at this year’s World Cup with 1 win and 4 draws.
With the impressive form of the defense (only conceding 2 goals), Croatia promises to bring 90 hard minutes for Argentina. In fairness, with a focused defensive play, Croatia can completely close the official 90 minutes without conceding a goal.
- The Argentina defeated Netherlands in the penalty shootout to secure a 6th semifinal appearance at the FIFA World Cup.
- Croatia are looking for consecutive World Cup final appearances after defeating Brazil in the quarterfinals.
- The teams are meeting for a third time in the competition having won a game each in their previous duels.
Argentina defeated Netherlands in the penalty shootout to reach the FIFA World Cup semi finals for a sixth time. They have never lost a game at this stage and will be hoping to make it to the finals and lift the trophy for the first time since 1986.
After the surprise exit of Brazil, Argentina remain as the hot favorites in this edition of the tournament. However, everything’s not alright with this Argentina team having invited trouble for a second time in the knockouts.
Australia came closer to spoil Messi’s night in the closing stages of the round of 16 when they were leading 2-0. But Netherlands with more quality in the attacking third made them pay from the same situation and stretch the game to extra time and then to uncertainty of penalty shootout. Thanks to the saves from Emiliano Martinez and excellent kicks from the spot to keep them in the competition.
Anyhow, effective game management must be in the tactical board of Lionel Scaloni as his team prepares to take on a familiar nemesis like Croatia.