|Argentina vs Croatia: Lionel Messi equals Lothar Matthaeus World Cup report in huge semi-final in Qatar|
Argentina vs Croatia: Lionel Messi equals Lothar Matthaeus’s World Cup report (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Lionel Messi entered report books even earlier than he stepped on the pitch on the Lusail Stadium for the FIFA World Cup 2022 semi-final in opposition to Croatia. The Argentina captain, who was named within the beginning line-up, equalled Lothar Matthaus report for many appearances in males’s World Cup historical past.
Lothar Matthaus, who captained the 1990 World Cup-winning Germany staff and was a part of 2 finals, had completed his profession with 25 appearances at World Cups. Germany’s Miroslav Klose had 24 appearances and Diego Maradona had 21 appearances of their adorned careers.
Messi has a chance to go previous Matthaus if he leads his staff into the ultimate of the World Cup in Qatar.
It was the twenty fifth look for Lionel Messi, who will lead Argentina on the Lusail Stadium within the semi-final in opposition to the 2018 runners-up. Messi had joined the likes of Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthaus, Rafa Marquez, Andres Guardado and Cristiano Ronaldo to function in 5 editions of the World Cup.
Messi additionally broke Rafa Marquez’s report for many appearances as captain in World Cups. Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, had made 16 appearances as captain.
Messi has been in tremendous kind on the World Cup in Qatar, having scored 4 objectives and a pair of assists. He has already bettered the report of 2014 when Argentina reached the ultimate solely to lose to Germany.
Messi has taken his tally to 10 objectives in World Cups, equalling the legendary Maradona’s tally.
On Tuesday, coach Lionel Scaloni made two adjustments to the beginning line-up that defeated the Netherlands 4-3 on penalties. Nicolas Tagliafico will begin as left full-back instead of suspended Marcos Acuna whereas Leandro Paredes comes into midfield with defender Lisandro Martinez on the bench.
On the opposite hand, Croatia retained the beginning XI that shocked Brazil within the quarter-final.