Which of them will continue to dream?
Luka Modric with Lionel Messi (Photo: Reuters)
The Argentina national team scored first in all of their matches in the World Cup in Qatar, while the world runner-up Croatia did not score first in any match in the current tournament.
Now they meet in the semi-finals for a great battle for the first ticket to the World Cup final.
Argentina advanced to the semi-finals after surviving a crazy drama against the Netherlands and when it is supported by about 40 thousand Argentines in the stands who are trying to push the Albiceleste to their first win since 1986 and help Lionel Messi, the new World Cup games record, to conquer another peak in the last World Cup of his career, about eight years after the loss to Germany in the final.
Lionel Scaloni's team returned to Andrew Paredes, who was preferred over Angel Di Maria and took the place of the stopper Lisandro Martins as part of a change of formation to 4-4-2.
As expected, Nicolas Tagliafico replaces the yellowed Marcos Aconia on the left side.
The world runner-up defeated Argentina 0:3 about four and a half years ago at the World Cup in Russia in the group stage, but coach Zlatko Dalic stated that after his team knocked out the favorite to win Brazil from the World Cup, a victory over Argentina could be the biggest in the country's history.
If Croatia wins, it will join the list of three European teams that have qualified for the finals in two consecutive World Cups, after Italy, the Netherlands and Germany who have done so in the past, and for that reason Dalić chose not to make changes to the lineup.
This means that Mario Pešalić kept his place on the right wing, despite reports that Nikola Vlasić might move up.
Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic together in the link trio with the aim of controlling the game and the tempo.
the progress of the game
Italian referee Daniele Ursato kicked off the World Cup semi-final at the iconic stadium in Lusail
Molina's attempted lift from the right went wide of the goal, in Argentina's first foray forward
Key role in midfield.
Enso Fernandez in front of Luka Modric (Photo: Reuters)
The composition of the groups
Daniela Orsato (Italy)
The Iconic (Lucille)
Argentina Coach: Lionel Scaloni
The game setup
Croatia coach: Zlatko Dalic
The game setup
The winner between Argentina and Croatia will meet the winner of the semi-final between France and Morocco.
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