Argentina in the World Cup final: Lionel Messi’s team beat Croatia 3-0 | world news

Argentina qualified for the World Cup final after beating Croatia.

The South American team beat their opponents 3-0 in the semi-finals to advance to Sunday’s final at Lusail Stadium in Qatar.

They will face either France or Morocco, who are due to play their semi-finals on Wednesday.

Lionel Messi celebrates Argentina’s first goal of the game

Argentina took the lead with a first-half penalty from talisman Lionel Messi after a foul on Manchester City star Julian Alvarez.

Alvarez then tapped in for Argentina’s second goal after a blistering run into the penalty area, which saw the ball deflected twice on its way by the Croatian defenders.

The pair combined once again for Argentina’s third goal, with Messi making a sensational run down the right wing before returning to Alvarez for a touch.

Argentina's Julian Alvarez scores his team's second goal in the semi-finals
Argentina’s Julian Alvarez scores his team’s second goal in the semi-finals

Semi-final victory keeps Messi hopes alive world Cup – in what could be his last major international tournament with Argentina.

The star striker, 35, has won dozens of club trophies and personal awards throughout his distinguished career, including the Copa America with Argentina last year.

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But he has yet to add a World Cup winner’s medal to his collection. Argentina have won two World Cups in their history, in 1978 and 1986.

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Buenos Aires fans erupted in celebration after Argentina’s first goals against Croatia.

Argentina’s 2022 World Cup campaign got off to a terrible start when they lost to Saudi Arabia 2-1 in their first group game.

But they’ve been in fine form ever since, beating Mexico and Poland to top Group C, beating Australia in the round of 16 and then suffering a fierce penalty shootout against the Netherlands.


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