Argentina into the World Cup finals for the 6th time

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Argentina have beaten a battling Croatia 3-0 to qualify for the World Cup finals for the sixth time in the history of the competition.

The game on Tuesday, December 13 saw Croatia start out brightly enjoying the best of the possession but a foul by Croatian goalie Dominik Livakovic on Julian Alvarez in the 32nd minute gave Argentina the chance to take the lead.

Up steps Lionel Messi to bury the penalty in the top right hand corner giving Argentina the lead.

Not five minutes later Alvarez doubles the lead with a run from his own half beating a number of defenders before putting the ball away.

In the second half Croatia struggled to get into the game and after a bugled corner in the Argentinian half, Messi set up a quick counter attack that saw Alvarez get his second pushing the score line to 3-0 and out of the reach of the now struggling Croatian team.

After starting out the better of the two teams, Croatia faded after the second goal allowing Argentina to take charge of the game.

The win sees Argentina through to the finals for the sixth time in the history of the tournament, with only Germany having made the finals on more occasions.

Perhaps this is the year that Lionel Messi will confirm his greatest, an opportunity to crown himself as the greatest footballer of a generation.

Tomorrow we find out who Argentina will play, will it be Morocco who have already sealed their place in history by becoming the first African team to make the semi-finals or will it be France looking to be the first to achieve back-back title wins.

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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]