Messi-led Argentina has only lost to Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the opening fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2022. That broke their winning streak, which would otherwise have been on par with Italy. Scaloni’s team has moved on from that and is now focused solely on winning the championship. Messi’s first-ever goal in the knockout round indicates that this edition of the FIFA World Cup will be exceptional.
Croatia’s confidence is at an all-time high after a 4-2 penalty shootout triumph over Brazil. Neymar returns home with much to ponder as Bruno’s 117th-minute save brings his club one step closer to winning the championship.
|Lusail Iconic Stadium, Qatar|
|Date and Time|
December 14, 2022
12:30 am IST
Argentina and Croatia took to the penalty round in order to advance to the semi-final round of the FIFA World Cup. Only the best teams made it to the knockout round, so the competition was expected.
The Netherlands remains thankful to Weghorst for his double at a time when there was little hope of turning the event around. Two successful shots came in the 83rd minute and the 90+11th minute following a goal scored by Messi in the 73rd minute through a penalty shot. Molina delivered the opener for Argentina. The attacking stretch led by Messi and Alvarez looks to prevail in the semi-final as well.
Croatia nearly got kicked out by Tite’s men. The last-moment shot kept them in the tournament, with the event going into the penalty round. Neymar’s 106th-minute goal only needed to be defended for the next 14 minutes. It was ultimately the deflection that fooled Alisson into believing that the goal was saved.
Dalic attempts to avoid man-marking in order to prevent the entire Argentinian team from scoring. The defensive stretch from Juranovic to Sosa has been strong throughout the tournament. When Argentina shares the field at Lusail Iconic Stadium with Qatar, things will be different. After exceeding the midfield and the defense as a whole, Livakovic could anticipate receiving additional shots.
The prediction for Argentina vs. Croatia stands at 2-1 in favor of Argentina. Many football betting sites also see a 1-0 victory for Argentina as a real possibility.
On the basis of their prior meetings, it would be incorrect not to anticipate a penalty shootout.