Argentina vs Croatia: Preview, Team News, Prediction, Head to Head and Possible Line Up

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Argentina vs Croatia: Argentina will face Croatia on December 12, 2022, in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup. Croatia will look to make it back-to-back finals after losing 4-1 to France in Russia 2018 final.

Both teams qualified for the 2022 Qatar World Cup semi-finals through penalties; Argentina knocked out the Netherlands and Croatia defeated Brazil.

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a penalty against Netherlands

Match Preview

Lionel Messi celebrates with his friend De Paul

Argentina’s last match against the Netherlands was a very entertaining one and was characterized by drama and intensity.

Lionel Messi provided an assist and scored a penalty to put the Albiceleste ahead of the Dutch, but Louis Van Gaal’s tactical change gave the Netherlands fans hope after Wout Weghorst scored a good header.

Argentina vs Croatia: Luka Modric and Lionel Messi

In the 100th minute, the Netherlands got a foul at the edge of Argentina’s box, and Weghorst forced the unlikeliest of extra time periods.

Luka Modric and Lionel Messi

The match was so intense that it ended with 17 yellow cards, and players were throwing abuses at themselves.

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Argentina has never been eliminated in the semi-finals, and the closest they came to winning the trophy in recent times was against Germany in 2014.

Lionel Messi in action for Argentina

Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic denied Brazil with 11 saves before Neymar scored in the extra minute, but Croatia did not give up on sending Brazil out, as Bruno Petkovic scored in the 117th minute to send the ball into penalty. Livakovic saved Rodrygo’s penalty, and Marquinho’s effort hit the goal post.

Lionel Messi in action for Argentina

In 2018, Croatia reached the World Cup final without winning a single knockout game, and they are likely to repeat history. The team is currently unbeaten in 11 matches.

Team News

Lionel Messi and Luka Modric for Argentina and Croatia

The semi-finals will be played without Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna. Acuna will be a great miss for the Argentines because of his work rate at left back.

Argentina vs Croatia
Lionel Messi hailing the fans

Recall that Acuna won penalty for his country against Netherland. Nicolas Tagliafico is likely to play a role in the left back position in the absence of Acuna.

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Alejandro Gomez is currently dealing with an ankle sprain, but Rodrigo De Paul and Angel Di Maria are expected to be fit against Croatia.

Argentina vs Croatia
Argentina vs Croatia

As for Croatia, the team is blessed with a fully fit squad, and the manager should be working with all their players

Argentina vs Croatia
Argentina vs Croatia

Prediction

We are likely to see another extra period and likely penalties. However, Argentina is in the best position to make it to the final to play against either Morocco or France. Argentina 4-3 Croatia on penalties

Head to Head

Argentina vs Croatia
Luka Modric in action for Croatia

Croatia won two, lost twice, and drew one of their five meetings against Argentina. The first international friendly match between the two teams took place on June 4, 1994, and ended in a tie.


The first world cup meeting between the two was on June 26, 1998, when Argentina defeated Croatia by a goal. In addition, the last meeting was on June 21, 2018, when Croatia won by three goals to nil.

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Argentina possible starting lineup:
E. Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Fernandez, De Paul, Mac Allister; Di Maria, Messi, Alvarez

Croatia possible starting lineup:
Livakovic; Juranovic, Gvardiol, Lovren, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic

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