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"Match of the day - 13 December"

By cy.Reporter, 13 December, 2022

Argentina-Croatia, semi-final stage, knockout, stadium: "Lusail", referee: Daniele Orsato, 21:00, RIK1


Argentina: Closer to the dream

Ready to return to a World Cup final after 2014 is Argentina. The Albiceleste may have gone from heaven to hell in their previous encounter with the Netherlands, but qualifying on penalties gave them the ticket. In terms of competition, Lionel Messi is in excellent condition and is expected to be the barometer of today's match as well. On the contrary, the extreme backs Acunia and Montiel will be out as they completed cards. Taliafiko will take the place of the main Akounias.


Croatia: To be in the final for the second consecutive event

She made an important surprise and in her favorite way, left out Brazil in the penalty shootout. Croatia shows a well-worked team and is very difficult to beat. So even today the goal is not to lose and then he knows how to celebrate another qualification. In competitive matters, all footballers are at the disposal of their coach.


Argentina: 4-3-3: Goal: Martinez, defenders: Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Tagliafico, midfielders: De Paul, Fernandez, McAllister, forwards: Alvarez, Messi, Di Maria

Croatia: 4-3-3: Goal: Livakovic, Defenders: Juranovic, Lovren, Guardiol, Sosa, Midfielders: Modric, Kovacic, Brozovic, Forwards: Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic


MATCH STATISTICS

· In four of their last five matches, Argentina have celebrated victory either in normal time or in extra time

· In three of Argentina's last five matches there have been more than 2.5 goals scored

· There have been less than 2.5 goals scored in Croatia's last five matches.

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