LUSAIL (QATAR) – The first finalist of the World Cup in Qatar the challenge between Argentina And Croatia scheduled for today (Tuesday 13 December, 8 pm Italian time) atIconic Stadium in Losail. After the ‘battle’ against Holland the ‘Selección’ of Messi will try to do better than Brazil, eliminated in the quarter-finals by Modric and comrades who will instead try to hit the second consecutive final after the one lost in 2018 in Russia against France (who will address tomorrow the Morocco in the other semifinal). Below the direct of the match…
86′ – Two changes in Argentina
Double substitution in Argentina: inside Correa and Foyth instead of Mac Allister e Molina.
85′ – Lovren nearly scores
Occasion Croatia from a corner kick: after Perisic’s tower, Lovren the connection with the ball is missing for a handful of centimetres.
81′ – Modric out: standing ovation for him
Standing ovation at Lusail’s Iconic Stadium for Modriccaptain of the Croatia replaced by Majer.
75′ – Inside Dybala, on his world debut
Two close substitutions for Argentina’s staircaseswhich after entering Palacios for DePaul grants the world debut to the Roma player Dybalainside in place of Alvarez.
71′ – Change in Croatia
Replacement Croatia: outside Andrej Kramaricinside Marko Livaya to try to worry an Argentina so far mistress of the match.
70′ – Otamendi booked
Another yellow card in Argentina: yellow in Otamendisanctioned for foul play by the referee Bearded.
69′ – Messi invents for Alvarez: trio Argentina
Third Argentina goal: Messi drunk with fakes and dribbling Gvardiol and unloads into the area for Alvarez which makes it 3-0.
68′ – Yellow to Romero
Romero warned: yellow to the defender of Argentina for a tough entry on Petkovic in midfield.
63′ – Petkovic does not break through
First big break for Croatiawith the header of Petkovic a stone’s throw from the door: at the end it is there Argentine rearguard to make his own the ball and to push it away.
62′ – Scaloni’s move: Paredes out
With the double benefit and a Croatia now front-wheel drive Scaloni changes its structure to his native Argentina: the Juventus midfielder out Paredes and inside Lisandro Martinez to switch to 3-5-2.
58′ – Livakovic saves on Messi
Argentina close to third goal: Messi dissociates himself in the area and kicks with his left foot on the post Croatian goalkeeper Livakovic which, however, is not surprising and rejects.
50′ – Brozovic out, Petkovic in
Another replacement for the Croatia: Dalic removes Brozovic and throws the attacker into the fray Petkovic.
48′ – Martinez blocks out
Punishment for Croatia kicked by Modric: ball in the Argentina area where the goalkeeper Martinez blocks it.
46′ – Off to the second half, two Croatian substitutions
Off to recovery of Argentina-Croatia. Two changes between the Croatians: inside Orsic and Vlasic instead of Sosa and Pasalic.
45’+4′ – The first half ends
Halftime ended Argentina-Croatia at the Iconic Stadium in Lusail: we go to rest with the ‘Selection’ ahead 2-0 thanks to the goals of Messi (on 34′ from a penalty) e Alvarez (39′).
45′ – Mac Allister nearly scores Four minutes of added time
After one parade by Martinez on Pasalic (but started in offside) the entity of the is indicated recovery: we will play until the 49th minute and then it will go to half-time Argentina-Croatia.
43′ – Mac Allister nearly scores
Argentina close to the third goal: cross from a corner and a header by MacAllisterwho however finds the excellent response of the Croatian goalkeeper Livakovic.
39′ – Alvarez-goal: Argentina ahead 2-0
Argentina’s doubling: other lethal restart of the ‘Selección’ to trigger Alvarezwhich flies towards the area of the Croatia where he wins two rebounds and then overcomes Livakovic.
34′ – Messi is not wrong: Argentina ahead
Leo Messi he made no mistake from the penalty spot: on the day he equaled the German Matthaus as record holder for appearances at the World Cup, the ‘Flea‘ place the ball in the crossroads. Argentina ahead 1-0 about Croatia.
32′ – Penalty for Argentina
Football by rigor for Argentina: launch for Alvarez which is knocked down by the goalkeeper Livakoviccautioned as Kovacic (the latter for protests)
28′ – Modric anticipates Alvarez
Decisive retreat of Modric: restart of Argentina and cross of Molina towards Alvarez, anticipated but decisively since captain of Croatia.
25′ – Livakovic careful on Fernandez
First shot on goal of the match: the Argentine tries Enzo Fernandezbut the Croatian goalkeeper tries carefully on his right from the edge Livakovic.
18′ – Busted cross by Sosa
There Croatia try to sink to the left: the left-handed cross Sosa however, it is busted and the ball ends straight into the curve.
13′ – Foul by Modric on Mac Allister
Ball possession of Croatia but Argentina tries to restart with MacAllister: tactical foul’ by Modric who will land him in midfield, but pardoned by Bearded who hasn’t pulled out any cards so far.
5′ – Balanced start
Initial stages of the match in the name ofequilibrium: no occasion e one exit per side carried out by the two goalkeepers, first by the Croatian Livakovic and then from Argentina Martinez.
1′ – Argentina-Croatia has begun
Kick-off in Lusail: the Argentina-Croatia match has started, first semifinal of the World Cup in Qatar. To move the first ball are the Croatians in blue shirt, while the ‘Selección’ plays with the classic uniform ‘Albicelestial‘.
It’s time for national anthems at Lusail’s Iconic Stadium, with teams from Argentina and Croatia lined up in the center of the field and captained by Messi and Modric.
Teams in the tunnel
The players of Argentina and Croatia are in the tunnel, waiting to enter the grass of the Iconic Stadium of Lusail to compete in the first semifinal of the World Cup in Qatar.
It will be Italian Daniel Orsato to referee Argentina-Croatia, semifinal of World Cup. His assistants, Ciro, are also Italian Coal and Alexander Giallatini.
The sexy Croatian fan ‘strikes’ again
New show in the stands for Ivana Knollthe Croatian model who flouts the dress code in Qatar and supports his national team in the stands even againstArgentina.
The choices of the technicians
Module change for Argentina by staircaseswho prefers to strengthen the midfield with Paredes and leaving Di Maria still out, with Messi joined in attack by Alvarez in 4-4-2. No surprises in Croatia’s Dalicin the field with the 4-3-3 and with the same eleven that started the match ai quarters against Brazil.
Ballon d’Or Challenge
Challenge between Ballons of Gold that between Argentina and Croatia: on the one hand Messi who won six, on the other Modric that the recognition he received in 2018 (when he was elected best player of the World Cup).
Flags for Maradona and his ‘prophecy’
Many flags and images of Maradona at the Iconic Stadium, where its Argentina will face Croatia in the first semi-final of the World Cup in Qatar. And in the hours leading up to the match, a ‘prophecy‘ made by Diego 36 years ago. READ EVERYTHING
The official formations
ARGENTINA (4-4-2): Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico; DePaul, Fernandez, Paredes, MacAllister; Messi, Alvarez. CT: staircases.
Available: Armani, Rulli, Lisandro Martinez, Pezzella, Foyth, Di Maria, Guido Rodriguez, Palacios, Almada, Correa, Dybala, Gomez, Lautaro Martinez.
CROATIA(4-3-3): Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic. CT: Dalic.
Available: Grbic, Ivusic, Stanisic, Barisic, Erlic, Majer, Vlasic, Livaja, Petkovic, Budimir, Orsic, Vida, Sutalo, Susic, Jakic.
REFEREE: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
The fans arrive at the stadium
gates open toIconic Stadiumwith the first fans arriving to enter the facility that will host in just over an hour Argentina-Croatiasemifinal of the World Cup in Qatar.
Precedents in balance
This will be the third meeting at the World Cup between Argentina and Croatia, the first in phase a direct elimination. Argentina won 1-0 in France in 1998before Croatia won 3-0 in the edition 2018 in Russia.
Iconic Stadium, Lusail (Qatar)
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