Argentina fans celebrate in Qatar advancing to the semi-finals of the World Cup (Reuters)
Over 40,000 Argentines will be tonight (Wednesday, 21:00) at the Losail Stadium, when Lionel Messi and his teammates will play in the semi-finals against Croatia, trying to qualify for the World Cup finals for the sixth time in history.
Argentina lost their last final in 2014 (and the one before that in 1990) and are looking for their third World Cup since Diego Maradona lifted it in 1986.
After Messi's burst of passion at the end of the match against the Netherlands and the tears of coach Lionel Scaloni before the semi-finals, the excitement of the Argentines is enormous: from Buenos Aires to Qatar.
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Argentina's lineup announced: Andrew Paredes is in and Angel Di Maria is on the bench.
Lisandro Martins, who was the third stopper against the Netherlands, went to the bench.
Nicolas Tagliafico at left back in the absence of the yellowed Marcos Acuña, with Gonzalo Montiel also missing due to yellows.
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Croatia fans on their way to the stadium
According to reports in Argentina, Andrew Paredes has priority over Angel Di Maria in the battle for a place in the squad, with the latter not fit for 90 minutes.
Who will be the Argentine announcer in today's game is none other than Sergio Goyokuchea, the national team's goalkeeper in the past and one of the heroes of the 90' World Cup.
The original announcer was removed by FIFA following his behavior at the end of the quarter final against the Netherlands and the world football organization approved Goiko as his replacement.
Argentina national team fans outside the stadium (Photo: Reuters)
Enthusiasm at its peak (Photo: Reuters)
Maradona's flag has already been hung (Photo: Reuters)
Son and father in the colors of the flag (Photo: Reuters)
There is also a Croatian presence (Photo: Reuters)
* Messi scored his first goal in Argentina's uniform on March 1, 2006, in a friendly match in which his team lost 3:2 to Croatia in Basel.
Luka Modric then made his international debut.
16 and a half years have passed, and the two meet tonight as captains in the semi-finals of the World Cup.
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