Argentina Vs. Croatia

WORLD CUP

Lionel Messi is aiming to win the World Cup for Argentina for the first time in his career. And at age 35, he’s playing as well as anyone ever has. Messi scored a penalty and assisted on both of Argentina’s goals by Juli├ín lvarez in a 3-0 victory over Croatia on Tuesday, setting up a championship showdown between Argentina and either France or Morocco on Sunday.

Messi will be playing in what could be his final World Cup game. Argentina lost the 2014 final to Germany. For a player who is universally regarded as one of the best players in the game, if not the best, this could be the ideal way to bow out.

As time goes on in Qatar, the expectation that Argentina and Lionel Messi will win the World Cup grows stronger.

They are now one win away from that achievement after their 3-0 victory over Croatia.

With a victory, Argentina would finally end their 36-year trophy drought, and Messi’s career would reach its pinnacle.

The 35-year-old continues to impress with each round he competes in Qatar, and this was another strong showing. This was his third consecutive man-of-the-match award, and he also scored and assisted in this game.

Lineups: Argentina: Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero, Nicolas Otamendi, Nahuel Molina, Nicolas Tagliafico, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Julian Alvarez, Lionel Messi;

Croatia: Dominik Livakovic, Borna Sosa, Ivan Perisic, Dejan Lovren, Mateo Kovacic, Andrej Kramaric, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mario Pasalic, Josko Gvardiol, Josip Juranovic.

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