Argentina vs Croatia story: World Cup head-to-heads, last meeting, team records before 2022 semi-final
Argentina and Croatia will face off for a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.
Both teams sealed their place in the semifinals with penalty shootout victories last time out against the Netherlands and Brazil, respectively.
These two teams are no strangers to deep runs at World Cups with Croatia looking to reach back-to-back finals while Argentina played the deciding game in 2014.
However, only one of the nations can advance to another final, and these two have an even and fascinating record against the other.
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History Argentina vs Croatia
Argentina and Croatia have met in two previous World Cups in 1998 and 2018.
However, both games were in the group stage, and their next match loomed as the biggest between the two.
This match has only been played five times before with a relatively high number of 12 goals scored in all matches to date.
A place in the #FIFAWorldCup final is at stake in this one 🔥
Tuesday: #ARG v #HRV
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) December 9, 2022 Argentina vs Croatia face to face
In terms of past results, you can’t divide these two teams on paper.
Both have won two games each after drawing their opener 0-0 in 1994.
In all five matches, Croatia have managed to score more goals than Argentina with seven goals compared to five.
Notably, Lionel Messi has scored two goals in his three games against Croatia and comes into this semi-final with four goals in five games in Qatar.
Argentina vs Croatia: Last five meetings
|June 21, 2018||World Cup
|Rebic (53′), Modric (80′), Rakitic (90′)|
|November 12, 2014||Friendly||Argentina two
|Ansaldi (49′), Messi (57′); Sharbini (11′)|
|March 1, 2006||Friendly||Croatia 3
|Klasnic (3′), Srna (52′), Simic (90′);
Tevez (4′), Messi (6′)
|June 26, 1998||World Cup
|June 4, 1994||Friendly||Croatia 0
Last match Argentina vs Croatia
Argentina hopes to avoid a repeat of the result of the last time they faced Croatia.
Back at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, they were crushed 3-0 by Croatia in the group stage, which ultimately saw them finish second in Group D.
That resulted in Argentina meeting and losing to eventual champions France in the round of 16, while Croatia was given an easier route in the knockout stage by reaching the final.
Argentina got the better of possession the last time they faced Croatia, but they weren’t effective on the ball, something they can’t afford to be in 2022.
Argentina-Croatia will be a rematch of a 2018 World Cup group stage match, won by Croatia 3-0 👀https://t.co/fHau970Szm pic.twitter.com/uDah2Svxee
– SI Soccer (@si_soccer) December 9, 2022 Argentina vs Croatia World Cup Betting Odds
Despite their even record, Argentina will go into their next game as clear favorites among the bookmakers.
Croatia is seen as a true outsider, but has been backed to make this a close, low-scoring competition.
Odds via BetMGM (US), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK) and Ladbrokes (Australia).
|+125 / -185||2.20 / 1.53||8/11, 8/15||5/4, 3/5|
|+145 / -210||2.46 / 1.49||8/13, 9/4||6/4, 1/2|
Note: Odds above 90 minutes of regulation time except “to advance”.