The Argentine team assumes this Tuesday 13, a special day for those who believe in luck and cabals, its commitment to the semifinals in the Qatar 2022 World Cup to try to take another step towards that maximum dream that reveals it, which is to settle in the definition first and lift the title later. Before it will have, from 16, a very complicated obstacle: Croatia. The Balkans are the runners-up in exercise, after having reached the final instance in Russia 2018 and come from taking out Brazil, who a priori was the candidate of (almost) all and the main favorite in the consideration from the moment in which he qualified. With this seasoning, there will be two stars on the court: the Argentine side, Lionel Messi, and on the other Luka Modric. Probably both, playing their last World Cup.
In Argentina, the match that takes place at the Lusail Stadium (arbitration of the Italian Daniele Orsato) can be seen on all the TV channels that have rights: TV Pública, DeporTV, TyC Sports and sports. But also through the streaming platforms, which are five: Cont. ar (audiovisual content site of the State in which you can find all that is seen on Public TV) and TyC Sports Play (in both cases, only registration is required). Then, they are Flow, DGO and Telecentre Play options, in which the channels can be tuned but it is required to be a client.
Argentina vs Croatia: what you need to know
Semifinals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Day: Tuesday, December 13.
Time: 16 (Argentine time).
TV: Public TV, DeporTV, TyC Sports and DSports.
Streaming: DGO, Flow and Telecentre Play (for all three required to be a customer) and TyC Sports Play, and Cont.ar (registration required).
The Argentine team arrives with energy on the rise after beating the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, but not before suffering. It is that those led by Lionel Scaloni were imposed by 2 to 0 thanks to a goal by Nahuel Molina at 35 ‘(previous anthology pass of Lionel Messi) and Leo himself at 73 ‘, penalty, but in just over 20 ‘the construction of that match crumbled.
The orange coach Louis van Gaal threw the striker Wout Weghorst to the field which did nothing but complicate the albiceleste team. He found the discount at 83′ and at 101′ got the equality after an unnecessary foul committed by Germán Pezzella a few meters from the Argentine goal and that just allowed the Dutch to go for everything on time served: again goal by Weghorst. The Spanish judge Mateu Lahoz, controversially played, had added 10 ‘to that first segment of the match.
After that, they did not take advantage in the supplemental, although Argentina was better in the epilogue of the second of them, thanks to the entry of Angel Di Maria, who had not been participating due to injury. In the penalties shone the albiceleste goalkeeper Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martínez, containing two and Lautaro Martínez closed it, by 4 to 3 to unleash the celebration on the court and in all the geographical places in which the national team is encouraged. It even closed with more controversies, because the match ‘stung’ between players and coaches, with friction and insults from both sides.
Argentina: Emiliano Martínez; Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolás Otamendi, Nicolás Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernández or Leandro Paredes, Alexis Mac Allister; Ángel Di María, Julián Álvarez and Lionel Messi. Coach: Lionel Scaloni.
Croatia: Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic; Bruno Petkovic or Mario Pasalic, Ivan Perisic and Andrej Kramaric. Zlatko Dalić.
Background of Argentina vs. Croatia:
The Argentine team and Croatia met five times, twice for World Cups and three in international friendlies. The record is even, with two wins per side and a draw. In the two matches corresponding to World Cups, there was a triumph of the albiceleste (1-0 in France 1998 with a goal by Mauricio Pineda) and one of the Balkan teams (3-0 in Russia 2018 with goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic).
04/06/1994 – Argentina 0-0 Croatia – International friendly.
26/06/1998 – Argentina 1-0 Croatia – Date 3 of Group H of the World Cup France 1998.
02/03/2006 – Argentina 2-3 Croatia – International friendly.
12/11/2014 – Argentina 2-1 Croatia – International friendly.
21/06/2018 – Argentina 0-3 Croatia – Date 2 of Group D of the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The other semifinal:
On the other side of the key are the current world champion, France, full of figures and variants, who took England 2-1 in the quarterfinals and the great surprise of the World Cup, Morocco, which eliminated Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo entering a few minutes from the bench. The Africans are the first team from that continent to reach the semifinals of a World Cup.
France v. France Morocco will take place this Wednesday at 16, at the Al Bayt Stadium and from there the other finalist will come out. The great definition of Qatar 2022 is scheduled for Sunday 18, at 12 in Argentina.
What do the bets say?
According to the main sports forecasting platforms around the planet, the team led by Lionel Scaloni is the favorite to stay with the three points, with odds close to 1.93. A win for the Croatian national team, on the other hand, pays about 5.50; while the draw grants odds of up to 3.50 in national and international bookmakers.