The first FIFA World Cup 2022 semifinal game is between Argentina and Croatia. One of these squads was supposed to be in this stage. So, now these teams will vie for the final spot. Both teams came to this stage as they overcame dramatic penalty shootouts in Argentina against Netherlands and Croatia against Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Moreover, the Blazers are aiming for a second successive World Cup final. On the other hand, The Argentian seeks to dismiss the Argentina ghost of 2014. Now, fans from both sides have already started betting and hoping their nation to advance to the final. Here's everything you need to know about the mouth-watering game between Argentina and Croatia.
Semi-Final 2022: Argentina vs. Croatia Head-to-Head Record and Preview
- Argentina and Croatia will add the sixth match to their head-to-head record.
- These two teams faced each other twice in the FIFA World Cup (1998 & 1918). One was won by Croatia, while the other was by Argentina.
- They will clash in the 2022 semifinal to secure a place in the final stage.
- Argentine captain Messi has made 16 possibilities in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, second-most of any player behind only Griezmann's 17.
Argentina vs. Croatia Possible Lineup In Semi-Final
Argentina's Predicted Lineup: Emiliano Martinez, Nahuel Molina, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Nicola Tagliafico, Rodrigo De Paul, Enzo Fernandez, Alexis Mac Allister, Lionel Messi, Lautaro Martinez
Croatia's Predicted Lineup: Dominik Livakovic, Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gcvardiol, Borna Sosa, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Mario Pasalic, Bruno Petkovic, Ivan Perisic
Players To Watch at Argentina vs. Croatia
Argentina has definitely played some excellent football in recent games. They have come a long way and now hope to progress to the final. The two times FIFA World Cup winners have a unique and strong squad. Captain Lionel Messi and the goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez are the key players for the Argentian squad whose performances fans are looking forward to.
Messi has been in superb form so far in this World Cup. On the other hand, Martinez has been of excellent service to his side so far in the 2022 World Cup. Besides, the Croatian side will be under the captaincy of Luka Modric. So, Modric's performances will be vital for his squad to reach the finals of the World Cup.
How To Watch Argentina vs. Croatia? Tickets, Kickoff Time, Stadium
The ticket booking for the semifinal game between Argentina and Croatia has already begun. Not only that, but many football fans have already purchased tickets. So you can visit numerous sites to book a place for yourself. Some ticket-selling sites are StubHub, Ticombo, SafeTicketCompare, and SeatPick.
Kickoff Time: 2:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm GMT / 6:00 am AEDT
Date: December 14, Wednesday
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
Location: Lusail, Qatar
How To Watch: Fubo TV, Peacock, FOX Sports
Argentina vs. Croatia Prediction: Scorecard, Win Probability, Odds
Argentina and Croatia will fight for their spot in the final fixture of the 2022 World Cup 2022 on December 14, Wednesday. Both teams have come this long after giving their best. So, it is pretty challenging to give predictions as the 2022 World Cup has been unpredictable so far.
The professional footballer Messi may create some magic to help his team win the game. Likewise, the Croatian side is at its best, and they may also pull the game into their name.
We Say: Argentina 1-0 Croatia
Almost 54% support Argentina, while Croatia has received 19% support. And 27% of people predicted the game to end draw and move to the extra time.
The two-time World Cup winner has -110 odds to pick up the win, while Croatia is listed at +375 to win.