Argentina, Croatia, a step away from the Finals

Argentina, Croatia, a step away from the Finals

Argentina and Croatia meets in a match that would dictate whether or not they have a chance for the title or not. Since this is the semi-finals, winners will advance to the Finals, while the losers will still battle for the bronze medal. This meeting will be crucial for both sides, especially for Argentina, as this could be Messi’s last dance. This game will be Argentina’s sixth semi-finals in the World Cup. Croatia on the other hand is now on their third semi-finals in this game. Their meeting will be on December 14, 2022, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8).

From the five games these two teams played against each other, they squared off those games, and ended with two wins apiece and one draw. They last met in the 2018 World Cup, where it was Croatia who had a dominating 3-0 win against Argentina. Both teams could make history whoever reaches the Finals between them. Argentina could join Germany with the most Finals appearance when they reach the Finals as it could be their sixth. As for Croatia, they could be the only fourth player who would reach the Finals for consecutive seasons. A record only Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands have achieved. Nonetheless, these two teams are teams hungry for the title, so expect a clash in this game.

Argentina

World Cup: Argentina

Argentina have bounced back big time, following their disappointingly loss against Saudi Arabia on their opening game. Now, they are only two victories away from reclaiming their lost glory in the World Cup. Their last World Cup title was in 1986, and they are hoping to end their title drought. At least, even before Messi officially retires from the World Cup, just like what he announced. During their match against the Netherlands, it was an ill-tempered game, which they are somehow lucky to win. For this game, they are hoping to take it up a notch to clinch into the Finals once again. This team was able to establish themselves as one of the most intense and most talented teams in the World Cup. This however, will be tested in this game.

Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna will both be unavailable in this match, following their suspension due to disciplinary measures. On the other hand, Alejandro Gomez is still hoping to be available in this game, as he is still recovering from an ankle sprain. The good news for them though is that Rodrigo De Paul, and Angel Di Maria are already expected to start for this game.

Croatia

World Cup: Croatia
Photo courtesy of AFP

Croatia have been phenomenal this season, eliminating the star-studded, and title favorites, Brazil, during the quarterfinals. It is a tie game, but penalties are what brings Croatia to victory, and their qualification in the semi-finals. That victory speaks so much how talented they are, and that, they are one of teams to beat this year. Additionally, this year is arguably one of their best World Cup campaign, as they have been healthier and more talented. Croatia is looking to amend their heartbreak during the 2018 World Cup, when they failed to get the title against France. Croatia is a team capable of troubling giant teams like Argentina, and have broken the hearts of Brazil.

Croatia has a fully-fit squad, just in-time for this semi-finals match against a powerhouse Argentinians.

Prediction:

Argentina (2.5)
Odds: -0.83

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