As part of the 1/2 finals of the 2022 World Cup, the Croatian national team will play against the national team of Argentina. The meeting will take place on December 13 and will start at 19:00 GMT.
World Cup 2022
The Argentina national team lost only once at the World Cup, in the first match of the group stage against Saudi Arabia with a score (1-2).
However, this defeat only made the team add to the confrontation with Mexico, in a very difficult fight, where the team got a (2-0) victory, then outplayed Poland with exactly the same score, winning the group.
In the 1/8 finals, Argentina met with Australia and quite easily justified the status of the favorite, winning (2-1) and allowing the opponent to create a few chances only in the end.
The match with the Netherlands in the quarter-final also followed the same scenario – where the Argentines did not keep a two-goal advantage, but after a (2-2) draw in regular time and extra-times, they were stronger than the opponent in the penalty shootout.
The Croatian national team has won only one victory in the group stage. It happened in the second round, where the team beat Canada with a score (4-1).
Two goalless draws were played with Morocco and Belgium, while in the confrontation with the Belgians, Croatia could miss more than one moment and leave the tournament.
In the 1/8 finals, Croatia were challenged by Japan, where the team barely saved a draw in regular time, and then beat the Japanese in a penalty shootout.
Croatia created the main sensation of the tournament in the quarterfinals – having kept a goalless draw in regular time, the Croats conceded from Brazil in extra-times, but bounced back and left no chance to the opponent in the penalty shootout.
Players to watch
Two of the best rivals of their generation, Argentina’s Messi and Croatia’s Luka Modric, will be looking to lead their team to victory.
Modric can only have one assist in this tournament but his influence is huge and a player can score in this match.
Head to Head
Both teams played each other 5 times, and managed to win 2 times, while playing 1 time in a draw.
The previous meeting between the two teams at the FIFA World Cup took place in the group stage in 2018 and ended in a (3-0) victory for Croatia.
|Argentina win 1.94||Draw 3.28||Croatia win 4.88|
Argentina is not without problems, but got to the semi-finals, where they got Croatia as rivals, which they are quite capable of beating.
Despite all the successes of the Croats, they hardly have a chance of success – the leader of Argentina in the person of Lionel Messi got in great shape during the tournament.
Croatia beat a much more powerful Brazil. The team managed to impose a good fight, which will be in this match.
Prediction for this match: Both Teams To Score.
- Messi will score in this match.
- Argentina win by one goal.