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Argentina Surges into World Cup Final

Messi Leads 3-0 Rout of Croatia in Semifinals

Lionel Messi is one match away from his dream of winning a World Cup.

Messi and Argentina earned their spot in the Grand Final in style on Tuesday in Qatar, crushing Croatia 3-0.

Argentina's forward #10 Lionel Messi celebrates after defeating Croatia 3-0 in the Qatar 2022 World Cup
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Messi opened the scoring in the first half on a penalty kick.

Julian Alvarez added another goal before the break as the Argentines were dominating Croatia.

In the second half, it was the players who scored goals in the first 45 minutes that combined for the third goal.

Messi made a brilliant run to the back line and found Alvarez with the pass in front. The younger teammate of the soccer legend found the back of the net and the rout was on.

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Argentina will play the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Morocco and France.

The championship match is Sunday. Croatia, meanwhile, settles for a third-place duel with the loser of France-Morocco.

Croatia was bidding to make it to back-to-back championship matches, having lost to France in the 2018 Grand Final.

Fans in Argentina rejoiced as the two-time World Cup champions advanced to their sixth Grand Final  — and first since losing to Germany in 2014.

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