Argentina vs Croatia: World Cup Semi- Finals

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Argentina vs. Croatia: World Cup lineups, including the starting 11 for the semifinal match in Qatar in 2022

Argentina vs Croatia: How will be the lineups for the Semi- Finals?

Following their exploits in the 2018 World Cup, it was difficult to imagine Argentina and Croatia meeting in the semifinals four years later.

Zlatko Dalic’s men made it all the way to the final in Russia, losing 4-2 to France, and it felt like a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for a European nation of 3.9 million people.

Croatia, on the other hand, has once again demonstrated their big-tournament pedigree, battling to penalty-shootout victories over Japan and Brazil.

Their previous World Cup meeting with Argentina was nowhere near as close, with a 3-0 group-stage win over Jorge Sampaoli’s chaotic Albiceleste

Successor Lionel Scaloni has restored pride in his national team and has Lionel Messi on track for a farewell World Cup victory after belatedly tasting glory at the Copa America last year

Based on the most recent news leading up to the match at Lusail Stadium, the following are the projected lineups for both teams.

Argentina vs Croatia: How will be the lineups?

Scaloni, understandably, does not want to put too much emphasis on the previous match in Nizhny Novgorod, where Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, and Ivan Rakitic scored.

“We expect a difficult match against a very good team. They are a proper team, they play as a team, and they will make things difficult “He stated this during his pre-match press conference.

“I don’t think we can draw parallels with the previous World Cup, but I am convinced they are a very good team. It’ll be a tough game. Croatia has a distinct style, which I doubt will change.”

“All Argentinians are optimistic. We play for all of our fans “Scaloni explained.

“We appreciate the Argentina fans because we know how much it costs to travel all the way here and we understand what is expected of us.”

Dalic believes his team has served as an inspiration to teams outside of football’s traditionally elite nations as Morocco prepares to face France in the other semifinal.

“Croatia’s national team realized a dream for all small countries four years ago. We granted those countries the right to pursue their dreams “He stated.

“Nobody expected Croatia to reach the final four years ago. They have been inspired by our fight and our performance.”

Argentina Predicted Lineups

Scaloni used a 3-5-2 formation against the Netherlands to match Louis van Gaal’s formation, but he is likely to expect to switch back to his preferred 4-3-3 against Croatia, with the battle for midfield supremacy crucial.

Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, and Mateo Kovacic pose a difficult proposition for any team in the world, and Scaloni will consider reintroducing Leandro Parades to gain more control in central areas.

However, after an erratic substitute appearance in which he smashed the ball into the Netherlands dugout and nearly sparked a mass brawl, it’s difficult to argue that he’s an overly calming presence.

Angel Di Maria made a late comeback from a thigh injury, and Scaloni will give one of Messi’s longest-serving teammates every chance to start from the start.

Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel are still in suspension for their second bookings of the tournament from last game. Nicolas Tagliafico will take Acuna’s place at left back.

1. Martinez (GK) — Molina, 13. Romero, 19. Otamendi, 3. Tagliafico — De Paul, 24. Fernandez, 20. Mac Allister — Alvarez, 10. Messi, 11. Di Maria

List of injured players: None
Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Motiel are on the suspended list.

Croatia Predicted Lineups

Croatia, unlike Argentina, did not receive any suspensions following their quarterfinal victory over Brazil. Dalic has no specific fitness concerns, aside from the obvious wear and tear of running 120 minutes again.

Substitute Bruno Petkovic equalized against Brazil and was set up by Mislav Orsic, who also had a lively cameo off the bench. Mario Pasalic would be the most likely to be replaced if either freshens up the forward line.

1. Livakovic (GK) — 22. Juranovic, 6. Lovren, 20. Gvardiol, 19. Sosa — 10. Modric, 11. Brozovic, 12. 15. Pasalic, 8. Kovacic, 9. Kramaric, 4. Perisic

List of the injured players: None
None are suspended.

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