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Argentina vs Croatia – 3-0 Win

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Argentina vs Croatia – 3-0 Win. As Lionel Scaloni’s team won 3-0 in Lusail, the Albiceleste skipper scored one goal and assisted on another by dismantling Josko Gvardiol. Why is Lionel Messi still acting in this manner? He is a 35-year-old male. Despite this, he is back in a World Cup final after playing a crucial part in Argentina’s exhilarating 3-0 victory over Croatia at the Lusail Stadium.

Messi broke another milestone by becoming the first person to score and provide an assist in the same World Cup game for the fourth time in his record-equaling 25th World Cup participation. After Messi’s penalty and Julian Alvarez’s lucky wonderful goal put Argentina up 2-0, the small No. 10 tortured the highly regarded Josko Gvardiol on the right wing before passing the ball back for his striking partner to score his second goal of the game.

Why wouldn’t the supporters behind the goal immediately bow before their god once more? Messi has already accomplished superhuman feats in Qatar. On Sunday, he will have a second chance to shatter records with the assistance of Lionel Scaloni and a combination of brilliant young athletes and brave veterans. The final will be his 26th World Cup appearance. He will have the opportunity to take home the Golden Ball, Golden Boot, and trophy, which would put an end to any uncertainty regarding who the greatest player of all time is.

Messi’s penalty: The play of Lionel Messi is nearly faultless. But taking penalties has never really been his strong suit. At this competition, he has even missed one shot—against Poland. His response to the loss, though, has been just as forceful as the penalty kick with which he started this game’s scoring. Only Eusebio (four for Portugal in 1966) and Rob Rensenbrink (four for Netherlands in 1978) have ever scored more penalties in a single World Cup than Messi has so far at Qatar 2022. Don’t forget that Messi scored Argentina’s opening goal in their shootout victory over the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.

Julian Alvarez: Before this match, there was no question that Saeed Al-Owairan of Saudi Arabia had scored the luckiest individual goal in World Cup history against the USA ’94. But it may be argued that Julian Alvarez had an even better balance of skill and luck. The Argentina No. 9 was in midfield when he gained control and decided to sprint directly at the opposing defense, just like Al-Owairan did. The ball bounced off not one, but two Croatian defenders as Alvarez barged his way into the box, leaving him with the easiest of volleys. At a few times, Alvarez definitely should have passed, but his frankness paid off.

Benfica’s heavy pocket: This game’s first half was excruciatingly tense and cagey, featuring two evenly matched sides. Something unique was required to break the deadlock. Step forward Enzo Fernandez sent Julian Alvarez in on goal with a beautiful deep pass. Without exaggeration, it can be said that the 21-year-old dramatically changed Argentina’s midfield after being inserted into the starting lineup following his spectacular goal against Mexico in the group stage. Leandro Paredes’ expertise was a huge benefit to him in this situation, but Fernandez is a player who can do it all.

The Losing Side:

Josko Gvardiol: In the not-too-distant future, a top team will spend a large sum of money to sign Josko Gvardiol. He is a great prospect, as he demonstrated in Qatar in 2022. He was regarded by some as the competition’s defender. But probably not anymore. The masked man being turned inside out by a 35-year-old attacker will, very unfairly, be the lasting image of Gvardiol’s campaign. This outrageous play by Messi brought back flashbacks of how poor Jerome Boateng was incorrect to the point of breakdown at Camp Nou a few years ago.

Luka Modric: As cruelly demonstrated by a ball being deflected into his face at one point in the second half, Luka Modric just wasn’t having a good night. Especially in the first half when Croatia was controlling possession of the ball, there were some outstanding touches on the ball. But for once, Modric was unable to manipulate the game to his advantage. Of course, he would never give up fighting. The man lives by the motto “Never. Give. Up,” yet this much-anticipated matchup of the legendary No. 10s tragically ended in a loss. It’s improbable that Modric will participate in another World Cup, but you never know.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The captain of Portugal’s Qatar 2022 team had a terrible time at the tournament after receiving criticism for both his subpar play and obnoxious attitude, both of which contributed to his being benched for the matches against Switzerland and Morocco. And to top it all off, Messi, Ronaldo’s main competition, is having a fantastic campaign. It speaks volumes that there is no longer a debate over whether the player is better, the Argentine or the Portuguese. If Messi wins the World Cup on Sunday, the question of who will succeed Diego Maradona as the GOAT will be in the spotlight heading into the championship game.

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Salman Shaikh
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