Messi Chocked Everyone Before The Final! Here's his Decision!

Sports/December 16, 2022

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Lionel Messi’s lifelong ambition of steering Argentina to World Cup gold will remain alive until the last day of Qatar 2022, as La Albiceleste dominated a weary-looking Croatia in a 3-0 victory in Tuesday’s semifinal,

Argentina took a dominating lead into halftime thanks to two first-half goals—the first a Messi penalty and the second a solo effort from Julian Alvarez—and Croatia never seemed to be able to catch up,

With Argentina's third goal in the second half, which came after a superb Messi assist, Alvarez gave his side and the 35-year-old captain a chance to put the 2014 final failure behind them and win Argentina's first World Cup trophy since 1986,

Messi felt his left hamstring for portions of the match, but you wouldn't have known it from the way his crazy, twisting run befuddled one of this tournament's top defenders, Joko Gvardiol, to set up Argentina's third goal,

Argentina's final World Cup game will be their last one, according to Lionel Messi

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Even though Messi is approaching the end of his career and his near superhuman abilities are certainly waning, the small magician can still produce brilliant moments when his country most needs them,

For a nation of 45 million people who regard him to be not far from a deity, his goal against Mexico in the group stages, the assist against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, and his overall performance in Tuesday's semifinal have given them even more memorable memories,

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According to the Argentine embassy in Qatar, up to 60,000 Argentina fans may have flown to Qatar for this World Cup, and it seems that all of them were present at the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday night,

The Argentina bench and coaching staff started to join in with the rhythmic songs and chants that were being shouted from the bleachers as the game moved deeper into injury time and it became clear that Argentina would win,

Argentina's players applauded their adoring fans as they stood in front of the enormous wall of blue and white shirts after the final whistle,

It's hard to imagine that Argentina is the same team that dropped its initial group stage encounter, 2-1, to Saudi Arabia just three weeks prior. That performance was so lacklustre and uninspiring that some questioned if Argentina would even advance past the group stage,

Now, Messi will have one more opportunity to win the title he so desperately wants, either against France or Morocco,

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quite happy to have been able to accomplish this. to play my final game in a World Cup final to cap my tournament career. Everything I've experienced during this World Cup, what other people have gone through, and how much the Argentinean population is loving it all are all extremely emotional,

"I'm having a great time with everything, and I feel strong enough to take on each match. We've advanced by making a number of significant sacrifices, such as playing during the extra time, which wasn't simple. Even though we were exhausted, the team offered just a little bit more; it was a very challenging game that proceeded just as we had anticipated,

We anticipated that they would frequently have the ball and that we would have opportunities,

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Both Messi and Croatia's Luka Modri have been their nation's captains during defeat in World Cup finals, and this would be their final opportunity to win football's most cherished trophy,

Before Qatar 2022, neither team was among the favourites for the tournament, but Croatia shocked the world by winning four years ago and repeated the feat in the previous round of the competition there by defeating tournament favourite Brazil on penalties,

Along with Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic, Modri—outstanding Croatia's player and a living hero in the little Balkan nation—formed perhaps the best midfield in Qatar. Modri is battle-tested in the biggest games,

Argentina has similarly improved as the competition has on, though it was hard to imagine it could go any worse following the shocking loss to Saudi Arabia,

Messi's last The World Cup is more than just a game. It is a cause and a revolt.

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The team, which now appears to believe that Messi's final dance would end on Sunday in triumph, is hardly recognisable from the one that took the field that day,

Although Croatia had a slight advantage over the other team at the outset of the game, its players had already put in the maximum amount of time in Qatar, defeating Brazil and Japan on penalties after two tiresome periods of extra time,

Early on in the Lusail Stadium, their drained legs appeared to be showing, and any error at this level is sure to be expensive,

That turned out to be the case for Croatia because, oddly enough, Modri fumbled the ball away in midfield and Gvardiol failed to follow Alvarez, leaving Dominik Livakovic—who had already scored twice for Croatia in the shootout in Qatar—exposed in a one-on-one matchup with the Manchester City forward,

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When Livakovic's outstretched leg pulled the striker down after Alvarez pushed the ball around him, Messi made no mistake in converting the ensuing penalty by slamming the ball high into the top corner,

As Argentina's all-time leading goal scorer in World Cup finals, Messi has now surpassed Gabriel Batistuta with his 11th World Cup goal,

Alvarez made it 2-0 just five minutes later, giving Croatia little chance to stay in the game,

Argentina launched a counterattack after Borna Sosa's weak cross into the box. Alvarez ran three-quarters of the length of the field and, following two fortunate ricochets in the area, buried the ball beyond Livakovic,

The competition for the Golden Boot and World Cup MVP is fierce between Messi and Mbappe.

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It would take something particularly extraordinary, even for a squad used to conjuring football miracles, to come back from this one. Only a brilliant reflex stop from Livakovic prevented Croatia's score from going worse before halftime,

However, Croatia didn't contribute much offensively in the second half due to drained attacking play and tenacious Argentine defending; its execution holdout lasted till the 70th minute,

Messi received the ball deep and exhausted Gvardiol before finding Alvarez inside the penalty area to score,

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