Argentina punishes Croatia and advances to World Cup final

Thanks to the efficiency of Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez, the Argentinian easily won his World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Tuesday (3-0), and reached the final for the sixth time in its history.

The game: 3-0Lionel Messi is only one victory away from winning the only title missing from his list. Cold, efficient, the Parisian again carried his teammates this Tuesday in the semi-finals of the World Cup to overcome visibly blunt Croats. Dominating at the start of the match, multiplying the sequences of conservation, they struggled to be dangerous throughout the meeting and gradually left too much space to their opponents, who did not ask for so much. .

First, a poor placement of the Croatian central defense allowed Julian Alvarez to attack Dominik Livakovic’s goal for the first time on the half-hour mark. Hit in the penalty area by the goalkeeper Croatian, at fault after being sparkling in the quarter-finals against Brazil, he let his captain Lionel Messi transform the penalty with a heavy strike under the bar (34th), joining Kylian Mbappé at the top of the scoring charts of the competition.

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Stunned, the Croats cracked again five minutes later. In counter-attack, Alvarez this time used a call from Nahuel Molina, taking advantage of a favorable double counter in front of Borna Sosa and Josip Juranovic to double the lead. If Livakovic postponed the deadline several times, Croatia conceded a third goal in the 69th minute following a Messi festival. The Albiceleste captain had fun in front of Josko Gvardiol on the right side before offering the double to Alvarez. The rather quiet end to the match even allowed Paulo Dybala to treat himself to his first minutes in the competition, thus taking part in this big victory which qualified Argentina for the sixth World Cup final in its history (it was crowned in 1978 and 1986).

The player: Alvarez weighed inHardworking, as usual, Manchester City substitute striker Julian Alvarez did not need many balls to be decisive. After cleverly taking advantage of the placement error of the Lovren-Gvardiol tandem and causing a penalty, he certainly had success in doubling the bet but knew how to find himself in the right place to conclude the high class action of his captain. Lionel Messi and thus offer themselves a double. Beyond these statistics, he never ceased to endanger the Croatian defense in the second half with his overflowing activity, even preventing the first opponent raises when he did not have the ball. A full game.

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