This is the most unpredictable semi-finals match ever. Croatia defeated Brazil which was the most favorite team to win the FIFA World Cup 2022. Croatia literally shocked the World by defeating such a giant. FIFA World Cup 2022 is the most unpredictable World Cup ever. We have seen Morocco topped the group where Croatia and Belgium were present. We have seen Argentina lose to Saudi Arabia. We have seen Germany, Uruguay, Denmark, and Belgium get eliminated from the group stages only. There is nothing to predict further. The second consecutive Quarter-Finals match went to Penalty Shootout. What’s going on guys!!! Anyways tough fights bring 200% entertainment. Some people call Croatia defeating Brazil, is an upset. But seriously, it’s not. A most deserving win for Croatia. Croatia completely dominated the game and never let Brazil to control the game. Their energy, their pace, their attack, their defense, and their confidence till the last minute of the game were simply amazing. Luka Modrić, what can I say about this man. 37-year-old Modrić was seen as a defender, as a mid-fielder, and as an attacker. Seriously!!! He played for the first 90 minutes, then in additional 30 minutes, and even participated in the penalty shootout. What a Stamina? and What a commitment to his country. Unbelievable!!!! Now let’s scale them against Argentina and let’s try to guess who is going to win this Semi-Finals match.
Argentina vs Croatia Match Date and Time
Argentina vs Croatia match will be played at Lusail Stadium on 13 December Tuesday at 22:00 local Qatar time.
|Qatar||Tues, Dec. 13||22:00 (local)|
|USA||Tues, Dec. 13||14:00 ET|
|Canada||Tues, Dec. 13||14:00 ET|
|UK||Tues, Dec. 13||19:00 GMT|
|Australia||Weds, Dec. 14||06:00 AEDT|
|India||Weds, Dec. 14||00:30 IST|
|Hong Kong||Weds, Dec. 14||03:00 HKT|
|Malaysia||Weds, Dec. 14||03:00 MYT|
|Singapore||Weds, Dec. 14||03:00 SGT|
|New Zealand||Weds, Dec. 14||08:00 NZDT|
Argentina Squad and Line-up Against Croatia In Quarter-Final Match
In Argentina’s last match against the Netherlands Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna received 2 yellow cards and they will be missing the match against Croatia. Molina played as a right-back and Acuna played as a left-back against the Dutch, so we have 2 players missing in our next match against Croatia. Di Maria was also missing in the game and he came as a substitute at 114′ of the game, so still there is a question, will Di Maria Start the next game? We will discuss the complete line-up here.
Argentina will play as a 4-3-3 formation and they will come in 5-3-2 while defending. The Argentinian defense will be missing 2 important players in their next match, so who will replace them? Molina, Otamendi, Romero, and Lisandro Martinez will be starting as defenders while in the mid-field Enzo Fernandez, Mac Allister and Di Paul will be playing while Lionel Messi, Di Maria, and Alvarez will be playing as forwards.
Croatia has a strong defensive strategy it is very difficult to break their defensive line as we have seen Brazil struggling to break the defensive lines of the Croatian team. The Argentinian team may have less ball possession against Croatia they have to create opportunities by switching the flank and by providing crosses to Messi and Alvarez, here we need Angel Di Maria he is best at giving long passes and crosses in penalty areas. Angel Di Maria is said to be a player of big games. And I don’t think the semi-final is a small game for the Argentina team as we have seen Croatia beat Brazil.
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez
Defenders: Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Molina
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Julian Alvarez
Argentina Squad and Line-up Against Croatia In Semi-Final Match
Croatia Squad and Line-up Against Argentina In Quarter-Final Match
Where Croatia broke millions of hearts by defeating Brazil but on other hand they won millions of hearts with their incredible performance in this FIFA World Cup 2022. They are undefeated till now. After their performance against Japan, many people thought they could not survive against Brazil. But see what happened. Their second knockout match went to a penalty shootout. And they won both. The game went as how Croatia wanted it to. Everything that happened was a part of their plan. They are experienced in the penalty shootout whereas Brazil doesn’t. Croatia never lose a match that went for a penalty shootout. They have already planned to stretch the match to penalty as defeating Brazil in regulation time was a very difficult task. And they successfully executed their plan. If you talk about regulation time gameplay, it’s not like Brazil dominated the game. I can say Croatia dominated the game. Even though Brazil has created more chances than Croatia, the Croatian defense never let them break the wall. In the 90+30 minutes game, Croatia only had one shot on target whereas Brazil had 11 shots on target. Croatia converted that one shot into a goal whereas Brazil was only able to convert a single shot into a goal out of eleven shots. This Croatian team is now a strong contender to win this FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar. Let’s have a look at their squad.
Coach: Zlatko Dalić
Captain: Luka Modrić
Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković, Ivica Ivušić, Ivo Grbić
Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barišić, Josip Juranović, Joško Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanišić Martin Erlić, Josip Šutalo
Midfielders: Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Mario Pašalić, Nikola Vlašić, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakić, Luka Sučić
Forwards: Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Bruno Petković, Mislav Oršić, Ante Budimir, Marko Livaja
Amazing squad!!! Great defenders, the best mid-fielders, and outstanding attackers. What else do you wish to be in your squad? Andrej Kramarić is looking in amazing form. Bruno Petković is also at the peak of his carrier. Luka Modrić as usual performing at the next level. Most probably, Croatia will play in the below lineup.
The predicted lineup for Croatia against Argentina (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: Dominik Livaković
Defenders: Borna Sosa, Joško Gvardiol, Dejan Lovren, Josip Juranović
Midfielders: Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Luka Modrić
Forward: Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Bruno Petković
Argentina vs Croatia Head-to-head
|04 Jun 1994||Croatia v Argentina||D||0-0||International Friendly|
|26 Jun 1998||Argentina v Croatia||L||1-0||FIFA World Cup|
|01 Mar 2006||Croatia v Argentina||W||3-2||International Friendly|
|12 Nov 2014||Argentina v Croatia||L||2-1||International Friendly|
|21 Jun 2018||Argentina v Croatia||W||0-3||FIFA World Cup|
Argentina vs Croatia Quarter-Final Match Prediction
Both teams are looking decent and have the capabilities to win this title. But in this match, I think Argentina will win by 2-1.