Road to Semi Finals; Argentina and Croatia will compete for a spot in the FIFA World Cup final in 2022.
Both teams advanced to the semifinals by winning penalty shootouts against the Netherlands and Brazil, respectively.
These two teams are no strangers to deep World Cup runs, with Croatia attempting to make consecutive finals and Argentina playing the decisive match in 2014.
Only one of the nations can advance to the next round, despite having an even and fascinating record against the other.
Argentina vs Croatia: History
Argentina and Croatia have previously met at two World Cups, in 1998 and 2018.
Both of those games, however, were in the group stages, with their next match looming as the most important between the two.
This match has only been played five times before, with a relatively high total of 12 goals scored.
Argentina vs Croatia: Head to Head
In terms of previous results, there is no way to separate these two teams on paper.
They each won two games after drawing their first match 0-0 in 1994.
Croatia has scored seven goals to Argentina’s five in five games.
Notably, Lionel Messi has scored twice in three games against Croatia and enters this semifinal with four goals in five games in Qatar.
|FIFA WORLD CUP (GROUP STAGES)||CROATIA 3- ARGENTINA 0||JUNE 21, 2018||REBIC (53), MODRIC (80), RAKITIC (90)|
|FRIENDLY MATCH||ARGENTINA 2-1 CROATIA||NOVEMBER 12, 2014||ANSALDI (49), MESSI (57), SHARBINI (11)|
|FRIENDLY MATCH||CROATIA 3-2 ARGENTINA||MARCH 1, 2006||KLASNIC (3), SRNA (52), SIMIC (90), TEVEZ (4), MESSI (6)|
|WORLD CUP (GROUP STAGES)||ARGENTINA 1-0 CROATIA||JUBE 26, 1998||PINEDA (36)|
|FRIENDLY||CROATIA 0-0 ARGENTINA||JUNE 4, 1994||—|
Road to the Semi Finals:
Argentina will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the result from their previous meeting with Croatia.
Back at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, they were beaten 3-0 in the group stages by Croatia, finishing second in Group D.
Argentina was pitted against and defeated by eventual champions France in the Round of 16, whereas Croatia was given an easier knockout stage route and advanced to the final.
Argentina had the upper hand in possession the last time they faced Croatia, but they were ineffective with the ball, which they cannot afford in 2022. They will also try to avoid the defensive mistakes that cost them the game.
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