Lionel Messi placed on a sensational show as he helped Argentina safe a spot within the World Cup closing with a snug 3-0 victory over Croatia on Tuesday.
Messi opened the scoring with a powerfully hit penalty on 34 minutes — turning into Argentina’s all-time main goalscorer at World Cup finals — and shortly after Alvarez accomplished a direct solo run by the center of the Croatia defence earlier than tapping house to double Argentina’s lead earlier than half-time.
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Alvarez added the facet’s third, thanks partially to a signature run from Messi who used his change of pace to information previous Josko Gvardiol earlier than sliding the ball again to Alvarez for a straightforward end.
Argentina, who’ve twice received the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, advance to Sunday’s closing the place they are going to face both France or Morocco, who play on Wednesday.
In the meantime Croatia, who completed runners up in Russia 4 years in the past, exit the competitors after placing collectively one other shock run to the semifinals.