Argentina qualified for the World Cup final for the sixth time; A vital location witnessed by Lucille Stadium, between Argentina and Croatia, was busy with significant numbers.
Figures from the Argentina-Croatia confrontation
The main figures for the confrontation are as follows:
:: Argentina qualified for the World Cup final for the sixth time in its history, and for the second time in the last 3 entries (also in 2014) – only Germany (8) reached this match more than Argentina (6 on par with Brazil and Italy).
– Argentina is the second team in World Cup history to win two semi-finals by 3 + goals (also Germany), having outscored the United States 6-1 in 1930. For the first time, a World Cup semi-final game ends with a clean treble.
Since 1966, only the Netherlands (1 against Argentina in 2014) have made fewer shots directly on target in the semi-finals of the World Cup than Croatia, which made two shots today against Argentina.
:: Eight of the last 10 World Cup semifinals between South American and European teams ended with South American teams excelling, the last of which saw Argentina outscore European teams (also at the expense of the Netherlands on penalties in 2014).
Since 1966, no player has scored or made more in different World Cup matches than Lionel Messi (13 in par with Brazilian Ronaldo).
Lionel Messi scored 11 goals in the World Cup, more than any Argentine player in the tournament’s history. In fact, Messi is the first Argentine player to score in 5 different games during one edition of the World Cup.
Messi participated in his 25th World Cup match against Croatia, equalling Lothar Mateus as the most in the history of the World Cup.
:: Lionel Messi became the first player to score and be made in 4 different World Cup matches (1966), against Serbia in 2006, Mexico, the Netherlands and Croatia in 2022.
– Julian Álvarez scored 4 goals at the FIFA Qatar 2022TM World Cup, becoming the second Argentine player to score 4 goals in a single edition of the World Cup aged 22 years or less after Gonzalo Higuain in 2010 (4 goals).