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Argentina vs Croatia 2022 World Cup semi-final: team news, kick-off time and TV channel

How has Argentina fared so far?

Emiliano Martinez delivered a penalty-saving masterclass as Argentina beat the Netherlands in a shootout to settle a thrilling World Cup quarter-final.

After Lionel Messi lit up the Lusail Stadium to score and assist, Argentina looked set for a semi-final with Croatia, only for Wout Weghorst to hit a brace to seal a remarkable 2-2 draw.

Aston Villa stopper Martinez then took center stage, saving from Virgil van Dijk and Teun Koopmeiners as the Orange fell to Argentina on penalties in a replay of the 2014 semi-final.

Earlier in the tournament, Argentina defeated Australia 2–1 in the quarter-final. That match marked a return to form after a relatively scratchy group stage match that began with a shock defeat to Saudi Arabia, followed by 2-0 wins over Mexico and Poland.

What does Argentina say?

Messi celebrated the quarter-final victory with his arms raised in front of the massive lines of Argentine fans, his hopes of securing football’s biggest prize at the fifth attempt still intact for a few more days.

“Argentina are among the top four teams in the world because we show that we know how to play every game with the same desire and intensity,” said the seven-time Ballon D’or winner. “Have fun, good luck. We didn’t have to go to extra time or penalties, we had to suffer. But we got through it and it’s impressive.”

How has Croatia fared so far?

Luka Modric’s quest for a World Cup title continues unabated. Modric converted one of the penalties as Croatia knocked Brazil out of the World Cup, beating the five-time champions 4–2 in a shootout to reach the semi-finals for the second time in a row.

Neymar equaled Pele’s record for most goals for the national team, putting Brazil in the lead in extra time. But he wasn’t one of four Brazilian players to take a penalty in the shootout, instead he was moved to tears on the pitch at Education City Stadium as the red and white clad Croats celebrated.

Croatia have won only one of their five games in regular time so far. They drew their opening match against Morocco 0–0 and then defeated Canada 4–1. Their group’s last game was another 0–0 stalemate, against Belgium. In the last 16, Croatia needed penalties to beat Japan and repeated the trick against Brazil.

What is the results history of Argentina and Croatia?

These teams have met only five times before, all in the last 30 years. In friendlies they drew 0-0 in 1994, Croatia won 3-2 in 2006 and Argentia won 2-1 in 2014.

At the 1998 World Cup, Croatia lost 1–0 to Argentina in the group stage. The two teams met again in Russia in 2018, when Croatia beat them 3-0 in the group stage.

What is Argentina’s World Cup record?

Argentina has been World Cup winners twice: 1978 and 1986. The latter, won in Mexico, is one of the most iconic triumphs in the tournament’s history with La Albiceleste captained by Diego Maradona, who was at the peak of his abilities.

In the middle of his successful seven-year spell at Napoli, he created five and scored five, including the infamous Hand of God goal and mazy 60-yard run that was later voted ‘Goal of the Century’ in a 2 -1 quarterfinal. win against England.

They also finished runners-up in both 1990 and 2014, losing to Germany, in one form or another, in the final both times.

What is Croatia’s World Cup record?

Croatia has qualified for all but one World Cup tournament held since their independence – South Africa 2010 – and their performances are credited by their outstanding placings: third place in France 1998, making them the best-finished debutants since Eusebio’s Portugal in 1966 , and runners-up at Russia 2018.

Modric was awarded the Ballon d’Or for the tournament’s best overall player, with his performance in Russia contributing to his Ballon d’Or win later that year.

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Argentina to win 5/6
Croatia to win 9/2
Draw 5/2