2022 FIFA World Cup: Argentina qualifies for the final after beating Croatia 3-0
On Tuesday, December 13, Argentina defeated Croatia 3-0 to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup final, which will be held in Qatar, thanks to masterful play from Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez Alvarez.
The Argentine team took control of the semi-final match after star player and captain, Messi, put his team ahead with a 34th-minute penalty after Croatia goalkeeper, Dominik Livakovic, tripped Alvarez as he chased a long ball.
Croatia, which came from behind to beat Japan and Brazil on penalties in the previous two rounds, attempted to respond in the second half but failed to break down a tenacious Argentine defense.
Julian Alvarez in the second half, scored two beautiful goals after fantastic passes from Messi, to give Argentina a 3-0 victory over 2018 runners-up Croatia.
Messi has now scored 96 goals for Argentina, extending his national record: 44 Friendlies (51 games) 28 World Cup Qualifiers (60 games) 13 Copa América (34 games) 11 FIFA World Cup (25 games).
The last time Argentina won the World Cup was in 1986, and they last played a World Cup final in the 2014 edition, which they lost to eventual champions, Germany.
Argentina will face either France or Morocco in the final on Sunday December 18.