Lionel Messi produced a sensational performance as he helped Argentina into the World Cup final with a comfortable 3-0 win over Croatia on Tuesday.
Messi opened the scoring with a powerful 34th-minute penalty, becoming Argentina’s all-time leading scorer at a World Cup. Shortly thereafter, Alvarez completed a straight solo run through the heart of the Croatian defense before scoring home to double Argentina’s lead before half-time.
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Alvarez added third, thanks in part to a unique run from Messi, who used his change in speed to pass Josko Gvardiol before shoving the ball back to Alvarez for an easy finish.
Argentina, twice world champions in 1978 and 1986, reach Sunday’s final where they meet either France or Morocco, who play on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Croatia, who finished second in Russia four years ago, are eliminated from the competition after putting together another shock run to the semifinals.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=633847 Argentina vs. Croatia – Football Match Report – December 13, 2022