|After Neymar, Croatia goal to finish Lionel Messi’s FIFA World Cup dream | Football News|
Croatia, runners-up in 2018, are the following impediment for Argentina to beat on Tuesday within the semifinals as Messi goals to win the one main trophy that has eluded him.
But Croatia, who misplaced to France within the ultimate in Russia, are on their very own mission to go one step additional this time round.
“I do not assume we have to worry anyone. We want to take a look at ourselves to play our greatest recreation,” Croatia defender Josip Juranovic stated Sunday. “I’d say the key of our success is our togetherness, our unity. The undeniable fact that we act and play as a household.”
Neymar was left in tears after Croatia beat Brazil 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw by means of additional time of their quarterfinal match.
Messi has been in impressed type throughout Argentina’s run to the semifinals, scoring 4 objectives in 5 video games. His help for Nahuel Molina towards the Netherlands within the quarterfinals was a second of magic from the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Messi seems to have taken it on himself to guide his nation to its third World Cup triumph and a primary since 1986.
Argentina final reached the ultimate in 2014 — shedding 1-0 to Germany on the Maracana Stadium in Brazil. That was as shut as Messi has come to lifting soccer’s largest trophy and he is only one recreation away from having one other shot at it.
Croatia seems calm for now forward of the sport at Lusail Stadium.
“We haven’t got a particular plan, a minimum of not but, for stopping Lionel Messi,” Croatia striker Bruno Petkovic stated. “Usually we do not focus on simply stopping one participant however the entire group.
“The approach we strategy that’s we have to cease them as a group. Not by man marking or some sort of comparable ways. Argentina just isn’t solely Messi.”
One of Croatia’s most important strengths is a midfield led by Real Madrid star Luka Modric.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic described it as one of the best midfield on this planet after beating Brazil, including that it “paralysed” Neymar and Brazil.
“I feel Mateo (Kovacic), Luka (Modric) and Marcelo (Brozovic) are one of the best Croatian midfield in historical past,” Juranovic added.
“When you move them the ball it is safer than having your cash within the financial institution. Everything will get actual simple while you play with them.”