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World Cup: all you need to know about Argentina - Croatia


First semi-final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this Tuesday. Messi's Argentina stand up to Modric's Croatia.

The match of the day

90 minutes, maybe 120 with a penalty shootout as a bonus: Argentina and Croatia are playing for a place in the 2022 World Cup final this Tuesday evening.

Argentina had already reached (and lost) the final of the 2014 edition, like Croatia in 2018. The difference is that Abiceleste were crowned in 1978 and 1986, when young Croatia were chasing a first title in its history.

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Lionel Messi's teammates, who often dominate but lack realism in this World Cup, come out of a narrow qualification against the Netherlands (2-2, 4-3 on penalties).

It's even more difficult for the Croats, who defeated Japan (1-1, 3-1 on penalties) and great Brazil (1-1, 4-2 on penalties).

Outcome expected this Tuesday at the Lusail stadium, in the city of the same name.

The broadcast schedule and channel

Argentina - Croatia (Semi-final): 8 p.m. (TF1, beIN Sports 1)

The words of Lionel Scaloni

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni did not minimize the importance of this semi-final.

We play for Argentina, our families

, recalled Scaloni at a press conference on Monday.

We are grateful to the Argentinian fans.

We know what it costs to come.

They suffer with us every game, support us.

“Scaloni also dodged the subject of Lionel Messi, 35, of whom “

we will see if he continues or not

” with the selection at the end of the World Cup.

Player to watch: Luka Modric (Croatia)

As obvious.

Because he still shines brightly, at 37, in this Croatian midfield.

In his checkered shirt, he slides on the ground like the king moves on a chessboard.

Forward, backward or diagonally, Luka Modric is everywhere, always, in this World Cup.

The Real Madrid artist turned on the light again and again against Brazil in the quarter-finals.

By his ability to thwart the pressing, to find the right passes.

Argentinian circles have shown a tendency to scatter.

For what will be his 161st and possibly last cap with Croatia, Modric will still be one to watch.

To admire, too.

Luka Modric, midfielder and captain of Croatia against Brazil in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.


Expression of the day: game volume

"What impresses me about Antoine Griezmann is his volume of play."

Didn't you understand this sentence heard on the fly in a bar?

In football, 'volume of play' can be equated with endurance.

Having a big volume means covering a large portion of the ground, duplicating efforts, being constantly present.


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It is a recurring quality among the best midfielders (Modric Ounahi or Bellingham on this World Cup).

In France, it was one of the great strengths of Blaise Matuidi or N'Golo Kanté, among others.

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