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Argentina Qualifies for The Final After Defeating Croatia 3-0.

The Argentine national team advanced to the World Cup final with a 3-0 rout of Croatia on Tuesday, thanks in large part to a stunning performance by Lionel Messi.

Alvarez doubled Argentina’s advantage before halftime after making a clear solo run into the heart of the Croatia defence and tapping home after Messi had opened the scoring with a powerfully hit penalty in 34 minutes, becoming Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer at World Cup finals.

The team’s third goal was scored by Alvarez, who was set up by a trademark run from Messi, who changed speeds to get by Josko Gvardiol and then slipped the ball back to Alvarez, who finished easily.

World Cup champions Argentina will play the winner of Wednesday’s match between France and Morocco. Argentina previously won the tournament in 1978 and 1986.

After another surprising run to the semifinals, Croatia, who came second in Russia four years ago, is eliminated from the competition.

Incredible things have happened to us all during this World Cup. What we wanted, Messi stated, “is to play in the final.”

It’s been a long time since I’ve had this much fun at a World Cup, so I can’t say if this is my best one or not. Everyone on this team has lost their mind. We have one more championship game to play, and we intend to take full advantage of the moment.

By beginning the game, Messi tied Germany’s Lothar Matthaeus for the most World Cup games played all-time with 25.

Argentina qualifies for the final after defeating Croatia 3-0.

 

As they had done in the quarterfinal against Brazil, Croatia pressed for control early and often, passing the ball around expertly but having trouble breaking into the Argentina penalty area.

After Alvarez was pulled down in the penalty area by Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, Argentina’s best hope of taking the lead came in the form of a penalty kick, which Lionel Messi calmly converted.

But the best was yet to come, as Alvarez again played a role by picking up a Messi pass inside his own half, sprinting 50 metres and weaving his way into the Croatia box thanks to two lucky bounces and some careless defending, and then tucking in the second goal.

After saving penalty kicks in Croatia’s quarterfinal victories against Japan and Brazil, Livakovic did well to deny Alexis Mac Allister’s late header in the first half that would have ended the game.

In contrast to their heroics in extra time against tournament favourites Brazil, Croatia ultimately lost.

As opposed to the previous round of the playoffs against the Netherlands, when Argentina threw away a two-goal lead and ultimately lost, this time they gave up no breathing room as they defended their lead tenaciously.

In the 69th minute, Alvarez ended any Croatian hopes by tapping in a cutback from Messi, who had dribbled past defender Gvardiol on the right and into the box, before picking out his partner.

In addition, “we have gone through some terrible moments, some really good ones,” Messi remarked. We are living through a miraculous event today.

I’m having a great time with everyone here, especially the many visitors from Argentina. It sounds really insane, I can only imagine.

Mohit Sharma

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