FIFA World Cup 2022: A look at previous encounters between Croatia and Argentina

By: FPJ Web Desk | December 13, 2022

Croatia has already ended Neymar's World Cup dream. Now it hopes to do the same to Lionel Messi

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Messi has been in inspired form during Argentina's run to the semifinals, scoring four goals in five games

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Messi appears to have taken it on himself to lead his country to its third World Cup triumph and a first since 1986

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Messi will lead Argentina in the semifinal against Croatia

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The first time these two sides went head-to-head was on June 4, 1994, for an international friendly match. A goalless draw began the rivalry between the two heavyweights

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The first time these two teams collided in the World Cup was on June 26, 1998, in the group stage of the grand stage. Argentina's Mauricio H├ęctor Pineda scored the lone goal of the match. Argentina defeated Croatia 1-0

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The third clash between the sides was on March 1, 2006, which was a thrilling affair in a friendly match where Croatia edged Argentina 3-2 to secure victory. Ivan Klasnic, Darijo Srna, Dario Simic scored for Croatia while Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi found the net for Argentina

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The fourth encounter was also an international friendly that was played on November 12, 2014. Argentina beat Croatia 2-1 in a nailbiting clash. Cristian Ansaldi and Lionel Messi scored for Argentina while Anas Sharbini netted the ball for Croatia

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The last encounter between the sides took place on June 21 when Croatia registered a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Argentina in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup. Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic scored for Croatia to level the head-to-head record 2-2 with one match ending in a draw

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