The place: Lusail Stadium
Time: 11 a.m. PST Tuesday
TV: Fox, Telemundo, Peacock Premium
The thrill: It will likely be one thing of a miracle if this recreation is determined within the regulation 90 minutes since 5 of Croatia’s final six World Cup elimination video games have gone to additional time, as have 4 of the final six for Argentina.
Croatia has change into a giant-killer on this World Cup, eliminating second-ranked Belgium in group play, then sending Neymar and No. 1 Brazil, the heavy event favorites, dwelling within the quarterfinals. Now it will get Argentina and Lionel Messi, who’s making a remaining push for the World Cup title he must cement his legacy.
Croatia’s power is a midfield of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic, and no group has been examined extra completely within the final two World Cups.
In Russia, Croatia superior by the primary two rounds of the knockout stage on penalty kicks, then received its semifinal in additional time to succeed in the ultimate unbeaten. It misplaced there to France. This time it has overwhelmed Japan and Brazil on penalties to get again to the semifinals, leaving it unbeaten in 5 World Cup video games which have gone to additional time, profitable 4 of these in penalty-kick shootouts.
Croatia has misplaced simply as soon as in its final 12 World Cup matches and simply as soon as in its final 21 worldwide matches general, nevertheless it has scored a number of targets solely as soon as in 5 video games in Qatar and didn’t rating in any respect in the course of the regulation 90 minutes in three of these matches.
Argentina drew 9 of the World Cup-record 18 yellow playing cards proven in its quarterfinal win over Netherlands and consequently two gamers — defenders Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuña — are suspended for the semifinal.
The South People final performed within the semifinals eight years in the past in Brazil, eliminating the Netherlands on penalty kicks after taking part in to a scoreless draw. Its penalty-kick win over the Dutch within the quarterfinals right here was its fifth in World Cup play, most by any group.
Argentina got here to Qatar using a 36-game unbeaten streak, then misplaced to Saudi Arabia in its opener. It has run the desk since then. If Messi performs Tuesday it should mark his twenty fifth World Cup look, tying Germany’s Lothar Matthaus for many ever. Messi is second on this event with 4 targets and, with two assists, has participated in six of this group’s 9 targets in Qatar. Argentina’s 32 pictures on aim are second solely to Brazil.