FIFA – Argentina v Croatia: When, where and team news

Everything you need to know ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi final between Argentina and Croatia.

Argentina and Croatia line up in the first of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ semi finals, competing for the prize of a place in the Final against France or Morocco.

After topping Group C, a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina beat Australia 2-1 in the last 16 and then saw off Netherlands on penalties in the quarter-finals, a tie they largely dominated but which ended 2-2 after extra time.

Croatia finished runners-up in Group F and owe their place in the semis to two penalty shoot out wins. First, they accounted for Japan in the round of 16 following a 1-1 draw, and they then repeated the trick against tournament favourites Brazil, with goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic excelling on both occasions.

Date and time

Tuesday 13 December, 22:00 Doha time

Team news

Argentina’s only injury concern is Angel Di Maria, who only came on for the last few minutes against Netherlands. Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel are both suspended after picking up two yellow cards each.

Though Croatia have no injury or suspension problems, legs will be heavy after two ties that went to extra time and penalties, with coach Zlatko Dalic expected to wait till the last minute to name his side.

Possible starting XIs

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

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

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Key quotes

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic:

“I’m so happy at what we’ve achieved. We’re three and a half million people and we’re in the semi-finals for the second time in a row. We’re not normal.”

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni:

“The objective is there for us. We’re at the dance now and we have to keep on dancing. We’d like to keep going, with all due respect to Croatia, and we hope to be up to the job.”

Key match stats

  • 15 players from that game are at Qatar 2022: seven for Argentina and eight for Croatia
  • Argentina are looking to reach their sixth World Cup Final, Croatia are aiming for their second
  • Croatia have won all four penalty shootouts that they have been involved in FIFA World Cup history
  • Argentina have lost only one of their last 41 international matches (W28 D12)
  • Croatia have lost only one of their last 12 FIFA World Cup matches (W5 D6)
  • Argentina have been successful in each of their previous four FIFA World Cup semi-final ties (1930, 1986, 1990 and 2014). They won their two most recent World Cup semi-finals on penalties (v Italy in 1990 and v Netherlands in 2014)

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