True Messi we anticipated to see: Croatia’s Dalic doffs his hat to Argentina captain after World Cup semi-final

True Messi we anticipated to see: Croatia’s Dalic doffs his hat to Argentina captain after World Cup semi-final
True Messi we anticipated to see: Croatia’s Dalic doffs his hat to Argentina captain after World Cup semi-final

FIFA World Cup 2022: Zlatko Dalic heaped reward on Lionel Messi for the Argentina captain’s beautiful present within the semi-final. The 56-year-old mentioned he would proceed as Croatia’s coach a minimum of till Euro 2024.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi ,UPDATED: Dec 14, 2022 07:25 IST

Messi reacts after scoring for Argentina within the World Cup semi-final match. (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic couldn’t assist however marvel the efficiency of Lionel Messi that helped Argentina outclass the 2018 runners-up and attain the ultimate of FIFA World Cup 2022. Messi placed on a masterclass as Argentina ran riot in opposition to Dalic’s facet on the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday.

Messi took his World Cup tally to record-breaking 11 targets in record-equalling 25 appearances. The Argentina captain additionally collected his fifth purpose in Qatar 2022, going degree along with his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe.

The PSG star is well-placed to win a second World Cup Golden Boot. Unlike 2014, Messi would need to raise the trophy and benefit from the honour that comes his manner.

Messi gave Argentina the 1-0 lead by changing a penalty within the fist-half earlier than Julian Alvarez made it 2-0 at half-time. Messi was not finished but as he got here up with arguably the ‘help of the World Cup’ when he twisted and turned contained in the field, beating the spectacular Gvardiol to feed Alvarez for his 2nd purpose and Argentina’s third.

“Nothing a lot must be mentioned about Messi. The finest participant on this planet and superb and really harmful immediately. It is the true Messi we anticipated to see,” Dalic mentioned, heaping reward on Messi.


Dalic, in the meantime, mentioned he has no complaints about Croatia’s displaying in Qatar and that he hopes the stalwarts within the staff could make it to Euro 2024.

Luka Modric was substituted within the second-half because the Croatia captain acquired a rousing reception from the gang on the Lusail Stadium. Modric, 37, led Croatia to the World Cup ultimate in Russia and the semi-final in Qatar and it stays to be seen if he would proceed taking part in worldwide soccer regardless of being an integral a part of Real Madrid’s season in La Liga.

“Perhaps that is the tip of the era of the World Cups, a pair have reached an age and should see what occurs in 2026. We have had an excellent staff and this era will end off their profession at Euro 2024. We have the National League and a very good era who reached two semi-finals,” Dalic mentioned.

Speaking about his future, Dalic mentioned he would need to oversee issues a minimum of till the Euro 2024.

Dalic oversaw Croatia’s run to the ultimate in 2018 as effectively.

“I’ll proceed, my contract is till 2024. We have the Nations League then the World Cup {qualifications} too. My plan and goal is to take Croatia to Euro 2024.”

Croatia surprised 5-time champions Brazil within the quarter-final and ignited hopes however Messi magic was too good for Dalic and his facet on Tuesday.

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