FIFA World Cup 2022 Semi Final: The first semi-final of the Qatar World Cup will be held today at Lusail Stadium in Doha. Current runners-up Croatia and Latin American giants Argentina will face each other in the semi-finals ahead of the final. The Croatia Argentina match is at 12.30 midnight Indian time. Lucille Stadium will witness an El Clasico match in the literal sense today. Also going head-to-head are the LM10s of both teams. Former Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric will face each other today.
Messi and Argenti
Lionel Scolani’s Messi side have the offensive line to break down any defensive fortress. The Blue Army’s asset is the Messi-centric attack that everyone criticizes. Messi and his team have already scored 9 goals in five matches across the tournament. That is the talent of the Latin American team. Argentina’s biggest weakness is conceding goals when they take the lead and go on to victory. This is what the European team will try to take advantage of.
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Modric and Croatia
Croatia’s biggest asset is their midfield performance. Croatia’s fate will be determined by the performance of Real Madrid star Modric and his team in the midfield. And the Latin American country will have to overcome shot stopper Dominik Livakovic. In a way, today’s walk will be a battle with the goalkeepers. The best shot stoppers of the tournament will go head-to-head at the Lucille Stadium today.
Croatia Argentina match
The Latin American country’s full-backs Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel have been suspended from today’s match as well, having been yellow-carded in consecutive matches. This could affect Argentina’s defense and attack alike. Before this, Croatia and Argentina met twice in the World Cup. Both teams have won each time. The last time Argentina faced Croatia was in the 2018 World Cup. On that day, Messi and his team were crushed in the group stage by the attack of the European country. Argentina lost by three uncontested goals.
Croatia Argentina Possible XI
Argentina Probable Playing XI: Emiliano Martinez, Nahuel Molina, Nicolas Otamendi, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Tagliafico, Enzo Fernandez, Mac Allister, Rodrigo De Polca, Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Julian Alvarez
Croatia Probable Playing XI: Dominik Livacovic, Josko Guardiol, Dejan Lovren, Josip Jurvanovic, Borna Sosa, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brosovic, Mateo Kovacic, Mario Pasalic, Andrej Kramaric, Ivan Perisic.