Messi’s brilliant performance leads directly to Argentina’s victory over Croatia and the team’s advancement to the final game of the World Cup as a direct result of Messi’s performance.
As a result of Argentina’s easy 3-0 victory over Croatia on Tuesday, the entire Argentina team, led by Lionel Messi, was able to secure a spot in the World Cup championship game. It would be an understatement to call Messi’s performance anything less than sensational.
Soon after that, Alvarez executed a spectacular solo move through the middle of the Croatian defence before tapping in the goal to extend Argentina’s lead just before halftime. This occurred shortly before the game was stopped for intermission. At the 34-minute mark, Messi converted a well-placed penalty kick to give Argentina the lead. With this goal, he became the player in Argentina’s national team history with the most goals scored in World Cup competition.
Messi went on one of his signature runs, which paved the way for Alvarez to score the team’s third goal. After getting through Josko Gvardiol with the help of his change of speed, Messi sent the ball over to Alvarez so that he could simply put the finishing touches on the game. Messi’s run contributed in some way to the success of the team’s attempt to score.
Argentina, a team that has already won the World Cup twice (1978 and 1986), will play either France or Morocco in the championship game on Sunday. The game will be played in either Paris or Rabat. France or Morocco will select Argentina’s opponent. The team that Argentina meets in the game for the championship will be determined by the outcome of the match that takes place on Wednesday between France and Morocco.
Despite pulling off yet another remarkable comeback and making it all the way to the quarterfinals of the competition, Croatia was ultimately unable to advance farther. When the competition was held in Russia some four years ago, Croatia ended up coming in second place.
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