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Argentina vs Croatia Preview & Picks - Croatia To End Lionel Messi's World Cup Dream

12 Dec 2022
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Gary Emmerson 12 Dec 2022
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  • Argentina vs Croatia picks for Tuesday, December 13
  • Kick-off is scheduled for 14:00 ET at Lusail Iconic Stadium
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    Argentina vs Croatia Preview & Picks
  • Argentina vs Croatia Preview & Picks
  • Head To Head
  • Argentina Form
  • Croatia Form
  • Argentina vs Croatia FAQs

Argentina vs Croatia Preview & Picks

Croatia got past Brazil in the quarter-finals and will fancy their chances against Argentina.

They are backed to dump out Lionel Messi and his team-mates, with extra-time likely in this semi-final.

  • Argentina are undefeated in 40 of their last 41 matches
  • Argentina’s Lionel Messi has scored 4 goals in 5 matches at the 2022 World Cup
  • Argentina are 1-1 against Croatia at the World Cup
  • Croatia are undefeated in 11 of their last 12 matches (World Cup)
  • Croatia have seen under 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 9 matches (World Cup)
  • Croatia have drawn 7 of their last 9 matches (World Cup)

Head To Head

  • The all-time series for competitive games is tied 1-1
  • Croatia won 3-0 when the teams last met at the 2018 World Cup

Argentina Form

Argentina lost their opening match at the World Cup, 2-1 to Saudi Arabia after Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot. They bounced back with a 2-0 win against Mexico, Messi opening the scoring and Enzo Fernández sealing the deal late on.

Lionel Scaloni’s side ended the group stage with a 2-0 win against Poland. Messi saw a penalty saved before Alexis Mac Allister and Julián Álvarez scored in a convincing victory.

La Albiceleste beat Australia 2-1 in the Round of 16 with Messi and Álvarez scoring to establish a 2-0 lead and holding on after they lost control.

Argentina overcame the Netherlands in the semi-finals. Lionel Messi assisted Nahuel Molina before netting a penalty, Oranje fighting back to earn a 2-2 draw before the South American side won the penalty shootout.

Croatia Form

Croatia started the World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Morocco despite having 65% possession. They bounced back with a 4-1 victory against Canada, Andrej Kramaric scoring two goals alongside strikes to Marko Livaja and Lovro Majer.

Zlatko Dalic’s side ended the group stage with a 0-0 draw against Belgium. They had 4-3 shots on target and held on under late pressure.

The Blazers got past Japan on penalties in the Round of 16. Ivan Perisic equalised I the second half, goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic standing strong in the shootout. 

Croatia shocked Brazil in the quarter-finals. The game went to extra time after a 0-0 draw, Bruno Petkovic making it 1-1 in the 117th minute before winning the penalty shootout.

Argentina vs Croatia FAQs

Where can I watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream?

You can watch the Argentina vs Croatia live stream by using ExpressVPN.

What is the Argentina vs Croatia start time?

The Argentina vs Croatia game is set to start at 14:00 ET.

Verdict

Argentina are set for a tough match against a Croatia team who beat Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream is set to come to an end in the semi-finals.

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