FIFA World Cup 2022 has reached the semi-final stage in Qatar. It is the first World Cup which is being held in the Arab World and Muslim World and 2nd held entirely in Asia after the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
The first semi-final will be played between Argentina and Croatia. For the unversed, Argentina is the two-time champions, it is a chance for Argentina’s star player Lionel Messi to take a step closer to his dream of lifting the coveted trophy. On the other, Croatia is the runner-up in the 2018 World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Facts
- Argentina never lost a World-Cup Semi-Final.
- It is the 3rd World Cup semi-final for Croatia and 6th for Argentina.
- Argentina lost to Germany in the 2014 world cup final while Croatia lost to France in the 2018 Final.
- Argentina won the world cup in 1978 and 1986 whereas Croatia never won the World Cup title
- Lionel Messi has the most goals on their side in this edition, 4 goals in 5 matches, and is in the race for the Golden Boot
- Croatia hasn’t faced a loss in Qatar 2022, yet.
- Messi-led Argentina lost to Saudi Arabia in their opening group-stage match in Qatar 2022.
FIFA World Cup 2022: Predicted Starting 11
Angel Di Maria (forward), Lionel Messi (forward), Julian Alvarez (forward), Rodrigo De Paul (midfielder), Alexis Mac Allister (midfielder), Enzo Fernandez (midfielder), Nicolas Tagliafico (defender), Cristian Romero (defender), Nicolas Otamendi (defender), Nahuel Molina (defender), Damien Emiliano Martinez (Goal Keeper)
Andrej Kramaric (forward), Ivan Perisic (forward), Mario Pasalic (midfielder), Mateo Kovacic (mid-fielder), Marcelo Brozovi (midfielder), Luka Modric (midfielder), Josko Gvardiol (defender), Josip Juranovic (defender), Dejan Lovren (defender), Borna Sosa (defender), Dominik Livakovic (Goal Keeper)
Where and When to Watch in India
Argentina Vs Croatia will be held on Dec 14, 2022 (Wed at 12:30 AM) at Lusail Stadium. The match will air on Sports 18 Channel Tv in India and will be streamed live on Jio Cinema App for digital viewers.
Head to Head (Argentina Vs Croatia)
The overall 5 Matches has been played between Argentina and Croatia wherein 2 Won by Argentina and 2 by Croatia while 1 match was declared
Total goals scored by Croatia: 7
Total goals scored by Argentina: 5
Argentina and Croatia faced each other a total of two times at the FIFA world cup and both teams have leveled Head to Head stats 1-1.