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Lionel Messi And Argentina Celebrate After Advancing To World Cup Final

An inspired Lionel Messi scored a penalty kick and Julian Alvarez scored a brace as Argentina defeated Croatia 3-0 Tuesday, reaching its second World Cup final in eight years. Lionel Messi converted a penalty and had a hand in the other two goals by Julian Alvarez, leading Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Croatia on Tuesday, setting up a showdown with either France or Morocco in the World Cup final. Lionel Messi left little doubt that he was headed back onto this looming stage Tuesday, guiding Argentina to a dominating 3-0 victory over Croatia that puts them into Sundays World Cup final.

Lionel Messi later carried Argentina into the World Cup final in 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, but Argentina was the team laboring at the business end of that tournament, scoring just twice in the knockout stage of the four matches. In the 39th minute, Argentina star Lionel Messi led the counterattack and drove the ball downfield all the way, darting through three Croatian defenders, then volleying it past Livakovic for the South American powerhouses 2-0 lead in the first half. The simple finish gave Argentine striker Julian Alvarez a brace, and made Lionel Messi the first player since 1966 to score a goal and provide an assist in three matches in a single World Cup, an achievement that he celebrated with the Argentina fans, dashing over the edge of the stands behind the goal and drinking up in applause.

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LUSAIL, Qatar – Lionel Messi scored one goal and set up two others to guide Argentina to a 3-0 victory against Croatia in a World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, keeping alive his quest for that elusive one trophy elusive during his remarkable career. Lionel Messis lifelong dream to guide Argentina to World Cup glory will live on through Qatar 2022s final day, as La Albiceleste topped a fatigued-looking Croatia 3-0 in their Tuesday semifinal. Argentinas superstar forward Lionel Messi helped propel their team into the World Cup final on Tuesday, with Argentina seeking their first title in 36 years, by defeating a weaker Croatia, which was looking to replicate the success it had in 2018.

All it took was a five-minute spell at the end of the first half for Argentina to notch a quick-fire brace and book their spot in the World Cup finals, beating Croatia 3-0 in Tuesdays semifinals. Argentinas raucous crowd at Lusail Stadium produced the best performance of the tournament, to guarantee that they would face the winner of Wednesdays semifinal between holders France and Morocco in Sundays final. Croatia failed in their attempt to make their second consecutive World Cup final, conceding two goals in five minutes from 34 minutes, just as the side looked at ease in the Lusail, with Lionel Messi raising concerns with his rubbing left hamstring.

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