35-year-old Messi earlier started the scoring through a penalty in the 34th minute. Julian AlvarezA brace either side of half-time – including a stunning solo run for his first goal – settled the contest against a tired Croatia side with the midfielder luka modric Almost certainly playing in his last World Cup match.
Argentina’s resurgence is a far cry from their Group C debut at the same stadium that surprisingly suffered 2-1 Defeated by Saudi Arabia, ranked 51st in the world
Only one team – Spain in 2010 – has won the trophy after losing their first match at the World Cup.
And after making his 25th World Cup appearance, scoring his 11th World Cup goal to equal the record with Germany’s Lothar Matthäus and surpass Gabriel Batistuta’s Argentina record, Messi said: “I would say the first match A tough blow for all of us as we were unbeaten in 36 matches.
“It was a shock to start the World Cup like this, we didn’t think we would lose to Saudi Arabia. It was a tough test for this whole team but this team proved how strong we are.”
“We won other matches. What we did was very difficult because every match was a final and we knew that if we didn’t win things would be complicated for us.”
“It’s a mental burden because we knew things would be more complicated for us. We managed to win five finals and I hope to do the same for the final game.
“Internally we were confident that we would make it because we know what we are capable of as a team. We lost the first match due to fine details but it helped us to come out stronger.”
“Let’s enjoy the moment. It’s great to see the joy in our fans here and in Argentina. We’re going to give everything we have in the final, but we also need to enjoy what we’ve achieved.” “
“I am enjoying this moment very much. We feel strong before the game even after a very long time, the previous one was not easy at all. We were tired but the group prepared to face this game. Brought his energy to the pitch.” ,
Messi’s performance was also praised by Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic on Tuesday.
Dalic said, “He is the best player in the world, he was dangerous and he has quality.” “He has the technique and performs at a high level, this was the true Messi we expected to see.”
Messi was officially awarded man of the match but Paris Saint Germain The star had particular praise for Alvarez, who became only the second Argentine player aged 22 or under to score four goals in a single World Cup gonzalo higuain,
“The way we play as a team is our best quality, but tonight Julian was our standout player,” Messi said.
“He had an extraordinary game. He ran more than anyone, he created many chances to score. He was our most important player and he deserved the best player award.”
Argentina reached their first final since 2014 and this weekend could end a 36-year wait to win the World Cup.
Scaloni said, “I try not to get too emotional. It’s hard to put it into words. It’s what I always dreamed of as an Argentine.”
“When you’re representing your country, your country, everyone would treat me like that, but it’s impossible not to do what my players do. It’s thrilling, it’s emotional.”
“You can win or lose but what I can say is it’s really exciting. We had our guys supporting us, we could feel their support and that’s something unforgettable. We’re making history and it’s something to be happy about.” There’s a reason.”