Argentina Reaches 2022 WC Final : A Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina produced a big performance to outclass Croatia during Tuesday’s World Cup semi-finals in Lusail.
Argentina won by 3-0 to reach their sixth ever FIFA World Cup grand final.
The PSG super star put his national team ahead from the spot in the 34th minute to record his fifth goal of the competition as joint top scorer of the 2022 World Cup alongside PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe.
Referee Daniele Orsato controversially awarded a penalty against Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic and Messi did not make any mistakes to score a crucial opener for his side.
In the 39th minute Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez made it 2-0 for Argentina with a clever solo effort as the Europeans shockingly failed to repeat their Round of 16 and quarter-finals performances.
The moment of magic arrived in the 69th minute when Lionel Messi twisted and dazzled past the Croatian defenders to set up Alvarez who realized a superb brace. The former Barcelona star was awarded the official man of the match award following that great spectacle for La Albiceleste.
The victory means Argentina are into the World Cup grand finals for the sixth time in history after contesting the finals in 1930 , 1978 , 1986 , 1990 and 2014. The country of the great Diego Maradona won the ’78 and ’86 editions.
Italy also have six grand final appearances but Germany have reached the most finals (8 times) followed by Brazil who have won five tournaments out of the seven grand finals they have contested.
The winner of the Morocco – France semi-finals on Wednesday will take on Argentina in the grand final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on December 18th.
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