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Argentina vs Croatia Live Score, FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar: Clinical Argentina storm into World Cup final

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedDec 14, 2022 02:50 IST

Argentina vs Croatia LIVE score and updates: Clinical Argentina storm into World Cup final Follow Sportskeeda for Argentina vs Croatia Live Commentary and updates from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


02:50 (IST)14 DEC 2022

That's it for this game. We will be back for tomorrow's semi-final between France and Morocco. We will see you there. Till then take care and be well. Bye for now.

02:50 (IST)14 DEC 2022

02:46 (IST)14 DEC 2022

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02:44 (IST)14 DEC 2022

We will leave you with a couple of tweets.

02:40 (IST)14 DEC 2022

STAT courtesy The Athletic: Argentina advance to their sixth World Cup final, tied with Italy for third-most all-time:

Germany: 8 final appearances
Brazil: 7
Argentina: 6
Italy: 6
France: 3
Netherlands: 3

02:31 (IST)14 DEC 2022

So Argentina will either face France or Morocco in Sunday's final at the same stadium as tonight's game.

02:25 (IST)14 DEC 2022

FULL-TIME! Argentina 3 Croatia 0. Messi scored one and set up two for Julian Alvarez as Argentina finished off Croatia in a clinical fashion. Once Argentina scored twice in quick succession, it was always tough for Croatia who just wilted. Pretty one-sided game in the 2nd half.

02:21 (IST)14 DEC 2022

5 minutes of added time.

02:16 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Another couple of changes for Argentina: Nahuel Molina and Alexis Mac Allister off. Juan Foyth and Angel Correa on.

02:16 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Good chance for Croatia from a corner - Perisic flicks it at the near-post and Lovren at the back stick can't get his foot on that. Had he got any touch, was surely in.

02:11 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Croatia make a change: Luka Modric off. Lovro Majer on.

02:07 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Argentina make a double change: Rodrigo De Paul and Julian Alvarez off. Exequiel Palacios and Paulo Dybala on.

02:06 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Changes for both sides: Andrej Kramaric off. Marko Livaja on for Croatia.

02:04 (IST)14 DEC 2022

That was Croatia's first shot on target in the game.

02:03 (IST)14 DEC 2022

The free-kick from around 40 yards is straight at Dibu Martinez who dives to his left to save.

02:03 (IST)14 DEC 2022

YELLOW CARD TO Nicolas Otamendi for a challenge from behind.

02:01 (IST)14 DEC 2022

GOAL! Julian Alvarez in the 69th minute! Argentina 3 France 0. That is Messi at his absolute best. He takes the ball on the right and skips past Josko Gvardiol, turns one way and the other, cuts to the byline and then with the centre-back at his heels, he slides the ball to Alvarez who side-foots home from close range. The stadium bow to Messi.

01:58 (IST)14 DEC 2022

YELLOW CARD TO Cristian Romero for a tackle from behind.

01:51 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Argentina make a change: Leandro Paredes off. Lisandro Martinez on.

01:49 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Great play between Messi and Enzo Fernandez and Messi's shot is saved well by Dominik Livakovic at his near-post. Did not have the power behind that one.

01:40 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Another change for Croatia: Marcelo Brozovic off. Bruno Petkovic on.

01:37 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Double substitution for Croatia: Nikola Vlasic and Mislav Orsic on. Off go Borna Sosa and Mario Pasalic.

01:35 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Second half begins.

01:32 (IST)14 DEC 2022

STATS courtesy BBC:

Croatia have not had a shot on target so far in this game.

They have failed to score a first-half goal in five of their six games, more often than any other team in the 2022 World Cup.

01:20 (IST)14 DEC 2022

HALF-TIME! Argentina 2 Croatia 0. For 30 minutes nothing happened in terms of chances and one ball over the top set Alvarez away and he won a penalty which Messi converted. Then Alvarez made a surging run from a counter to score a lovely goal. Croatia look rattled and it will need a big effort from here to come back.

01:16 (IST)14 DEC 2022

4 minutes of added time.

01:11 (IST)14 DEC 2022

GOAL! Julian Alvarez in the 39th minute! Argentina 2 Croatia 0. What a counter-attacking goal that is. Julian Alvarez runs from his own half and via a couple of lucky deflections, he this time dinks it cleanly over the advancing Livakovic. That is one of the goals of the tournament. Superb composure from Alvarez to finish after a mazy run.

01:05 (IST)14 DEC 2022

GOAL! Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute! Argentina 1 Croatia 0. Unstoppable penalty that. To Livakovic's left - high and rising into the top corner. No goalkeeper stops that and Argentina lead. Messi just went for power and placement and nailed it.

01:04 (IST)14 DEC 2022

YELLOW CARD TO Mateo Kovacic for arguing with the referee.

01:04 (IST)14 DEC 2022

YELLOW CARD TO Dominik Livakovic for bringing down Julian Alvarez who was through on goal, he tries to dink and it's a weak effort, but Daniele Orsato points to the spot.

01:02 (IST)14 DEC 2022


00:59 (IST)14 DEC 2022

First shot on target and it's from Enzo Fernandez but Dominik Livakovic is there to push it away.

00:45 (IST)14 DEC 2022

This is like a chess game. Both teams having possession but nothing constructive out of it so far.

00:37 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Early possession from Argentina. Croatia well organised with two banks of four though.

00:30 (IST)14 DEC 2022


00:24 (IST)14 DEC 2022

The players are coming out for the national anthems.

00:09 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Croatia Subs: Stanisic, Barisic, Erlic, Majer, Grbic, Vlasic, Livaja, Petkovic, Budimir, Orsic, Vida, Ivusic, Sutalo, Sucic, Jakic.

00:08 (IST)14 DEC 2022

Argentina Subs: Armani, Foyth, Pezzella, Di Maria, Rulli, Palacios, Correa, Almada, Rodriguez, Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Lisandro Martinez.

23:50 (IST)13 DEC 2022

The players are out for the warm-ups.

23:20 (IST)13 DEC 2022

Meanwhile Croatia are going in with an unchanged lineup from their quarter-final game.

23:20 (IST)13 DEC 2022

Lionel Scaloni has gone for a 4-4-2 for this one as he brings in Leandro Paredes for Lisandro Martinez. Another enforced change is that at left back with Nicolas Tagliafico coming in for the suspended Marcos Acuna.

23:19 (IST)13 DEC 2022

Croatia: Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic.

23:19 (IST)13 DEC 2022

Argentina: Damian Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, De Paul, Paredes, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Messi, Alvarez.

23:18 (IST)13 DEC 2022

The lineups are out.

23:02 (IST)13 DEC 2022

Team news: Croatia:

Croatia have no players suspended and also no injury concerns to worry about.

23:01 (IST)13 DEC 2022

Team news: Argentina:

Argentina will be without the suspended Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel while the fitness of Angel Di Maria is also a worry.

23:00 (IST)13 DEC 2022

If Croatia win they could also become just the second nation to knock out Argentina and Brazil in the same World Cup, after Germany achieved this in 2014.

22:59 (IST)13 DEC 2022

STATS courtesy BBC:

This is the third World Cup meeting between Argentina and Croatia, and first in the knockout stages. Argentina won 1-0 in 1998, before Croatia's 3-0 win in the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Argentina are looking to reach the World Cup final for the sixth time, a figure bettered only by Germany with eight. They've never been eliminated at the semi-final stage before, most recently beating the Netherlands in 2014.

Argentina have won just one of their past seven World Cup games against European sides (D3, L3), beating Poland 2-0 in the group stage this year. However, two of those three draws have resulted in penalty shootout victories.

Croatia were losing finalists in 2018, and could become the fourth European nation to reach consecutive World Cup finals after Italy (1934, 1938), Netherlands (1974, 1978) and Germany (1982, 1986, 1990).

Croatia have won all four of their penalty shootouts at the World Cup, knocking out Japan and Brazil in the last 16 and quarter-finals in 2022 respectively. The only nation to win more penalty shootouts in the competition are Argentina, with five.

22:58 (IST)13 DEC 2022

Now we move on to pre-match stats as we build up to the lineups.
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