2022 World Cup Semifinal Review: Magical Messi and Moroccan Stinks

2022 World Cup Semifinal Review: Magical Messi and Moroccan Stinks

After almost a month, finally the 2022 World Cup is almost at its peak. Between joy and sadness certainly enveloped the feelings of world football fans. This is also the case with the countries participating in this grand tournament. There were those who cheered happily, there were also those who could not hold back the tears of sadness.

Yes, the World Cup is only two games away, the third place match and the final. This match will be guaranteed at the weekend, of course the four countries have fought with all their might to win the match.

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Argentina versus Croatia

Some say that Croatia will win when they can go to extra time 15 minutes by two or to the penalty shootout. However, if they only play in the normal 90 minutes then they will certainly lose and lose their magic.

It's true, in the first semifinal match between Argentina against Croatia, Argentina won with a landslide score of 3-0. Croatia's magic really disappeared when they couldn't hold their ground at normal time.

Since the 2018 World Cup, every time Croatia has entered the knockout stages they have always won the match with the record that the match did not end in 90 minutes of normal time, but went to extra time or penalties.

2022 World Cup Semifinal Review: Magical Messi and Moroccan Stinks
Kovacic and Modric after losing to Argentina | Source: FIFA

Besides that, victory Argentina this also took their revenge on Croatia during the 2018 World Cup. You could say this match was match between Argentina and Croatia only. Because they did meet in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup. The difference is, this time Argentina managed to avenge their defeat with the same score when they lost too, 3-0.

Messi started their three goals without reply through the white point after Julian Alvarez was brought down by Livakovic in the penalty box. With burning confidence, Messi was able to break into Livakovic's goal.

The second goal was scored by Alvarez after he rubbed the ball and there was chaos in the penalty box and Alvarez, with his fighting spirit, added to the lead. The third goal was scored again by Alvarez after receiving a sweet pass from Messi who chickens Gvardiol. 3-0 no reply to Argentina.

2022 World Cup Semifinal Review: Magical Messi and Moroccan Stinks
Alvarez and Messi after Argentina's third | Source: FIFA

There were some interesting things that happened after the game was over. For Messi, the addition of one goal made him perched on the list of top scorers World Cup 2022 with 5 goals. In addition, his collection of 5 goals also managed to equal Gabriel Batistuta's achievement with Argentina to score 5 goals at the 1998 World Cup.

Apart from that, Messi also set the record for being the sixth player to score goals in all the knockout phases of the world cup. From the top 16, quarter-finals to semifinals, Messi has scored a goal in one edition of the world cup. Previously there were Salvatore Schillaci (1990), Roberto Baggio (1994), Hristo Stoichkov (1994), Davor Suker (1998) and Wesley Sneijder (2010).

Messi is also the Argentine player with the most goals scored in the world cup with 10 goals past Batistuta with 9 goals. In addition, he is also listed as a player who has scored from the spot three times in one edition of the world cup, equaling the scores of Eusebio (4 goals for Portugal in 1966) and Rob Rensenbrink (4 goals for the Netherlands in 1978).

Morocco versus France

Step The Atlas Lion forced to stop at the hands of the defending champion France. In that party, France took the lead through Theo Hernandez with a semi-volley after a mess occurred in front of Bounou's goal. This goal came at the start of the match and Theo became the first person to score against Bounou at the 2022 World Cup.

2022 World Cup Semifinal Review: Magical Messi and Moroccan Stinks
Theo scored against Morocco | Source: FIFA

In the first half, France tried several times to attack. But the results were nil, several efforts from Mbappe and Giroud only hit the goalposts. Likewise, Morocco was able to provide resistance. Ounahi's kick, which Lloris parried until Ammalah's overhead kick was only able to hit the goalpost.

In the second half France was able to double their advantage through Randal Kolo Muani after receiving the bait deflect from Mbappe's shot. Until the end of the match there were no additional goals. The two French goals were enough to take them to the top of the party.

Morocco's move to become the first African country to compete in the final failed. But at least Morocco has made a very extraordinary achievement in this world cup. They succeeded in becoming the first country from Africa and Arabia to compete in the semifinals of the world cup.

2022 World Cup Semifinal Review: Magical Messi and Moroccan Stinks
Moroccan players thank their supporters | Source: FIFA

Meanwhile, France, their victory made them have the opportunity to win the world cup in person back-to-back after previously they won it at the 2018 World Cup. Only Brazil could do it in 198 and 1962.

There are some interesting notes from this match. Theo's goal at 4 minutes and 39 seconds made him the second fastest goalscorer in a semifinal since 1958 when Vava managed to score in just 2 minutes when Brazil met France.

In addition, France won 4 of their matches in the semifinals within 90 minutes, namely in 1998, 2006, 2018 and 2022. Previously, France always failed in their semifinals 3 times, in 1958, 1982 and 1986 to be precise.

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These results led to Argentina who will face France. Of course, this final match will feature two football maestros, Messi and Mbappe. With these two different generations, each of them wants to make history. Messi by winning his first world cup while Mbappe is targeting the title back-to-back-New.

While the match play-off third place is no less exciting. The match presented two dark horses for the 2022 World Cup, which pitted Croatia against Morocco. Of course Croatia doesn't want to go home empty-handed, at least they can secure third place. So even with Morocco who want to make history again and again.

Adieu!

 

 

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