Qatar: Two goals by swashbuckling striker Julian Alvarez and a Lionel Messi penalty gave Argentina a 3-0 victory over 2018 runners-up Croatia in the first World Cup semi-final on Wednesday to set up a showpiece meeting with France or Morocco on Sunday.
Two-time champions Argentina thrashed Luka Modric-led Croatia 3-0 at the Lusail Stadium to enter the summit clash of the Qatar World Cup.
Opening the scoring for Argentina in the first semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Messi scored his fifth goal of the tournament in Qatar to become the all-time leading goal scorer for the South American giants in the history of the showpiece event. After Messi converted a first-half penalty, Julian Alvarez netted a brace to seal a famous 3-0 win for Argentina in the semi-finals. Messi-led Argentina will meet either France or Morocco in the FIFA World Cup final 2022 on Sunday.
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